Datu Tungko Saikol, DENR Region 12 director, said in a statement that they decided to donate the illegally-cut forest products to the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the region and process them for various uses.
said the two agencies have earlier sent requests to the DENR-12
for the use of the seized logs and lumber as materials for classroom furniture and other purposes.
"DENR and DepEd
have a standing memorandum of agreement, in which illegally-cut forest will be donated to them and utilized for public school fixtures," Saikol
earlier said in a press conference.
said the forest products that they will donate to DepEd
and DSWD are part of the estimated 300,000 bd.ft. of illegally-cut lumber and logs that were recovered by government troops on March 17 following a series of operations at an illegal logging area in Barangay Kabulnan, Bagumbayan town in Sultan Kudarat.
said the hauling of the forest products from the site is currently ongoing through the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Sultan Kudarat.