Illegal Logging Lumber Put to Good Use

illegal lumber transformed to desks

The government has allocated 18,000 board feet of confiscated illegal logging lumber for fabrication of public school classroom desks in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The illegal lumber, confiscated in a series of operations the past 2 months by the police, the military and local officials in Datu Blah Sinsuat town in Maguindanao, were smuggled from rainforests in nearby hinterlands.

The regional secretary of DENR-ARMM, on Friday said that the smugglers from Datu Blah Sinsuat and from the towns of Lebak and Kalamansig in Sultan Kudarat will be summoned for an adjudication process.

“Certainly they will not appear in our office because they poached these forest products without valid permits. The confiscated lumber will eventually be utilized for school chairs and desks to be distributed to ARMM public schools,” Kedtag said.

Mayor Raida Tomawis-Sinsuat, mayor of Datu Blah Sinsuat helped enforce forestry laws in all of the 11 barangays under her jurisdiction.

A big bulk of the lumber now stockpiled in the compound of the Datu Blah Sinsuat municipal government center were from Lebak and Kalamansig, both in Region 12 and intercepted by local authorities while in transit along the  territorial seacoast of  Maguindanao.

ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman ordered that illegal lumber be utilized for projects needed to hasten the education thrusts of the regional government.