DENR seeks COA’s aid for smooth transfer of logs, lumber to DepEd

August 10, 2010 10:45 am 

MANILA, Aug. 9 — A pleasant surprise is expected to await many public school pupils when they enter their classrooms next school year — new chairs and school desks made of the country’s finest wood species like lauan, molave, teak, including the highly-prized narra.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje, in a recent directive to DENR’s 16 regional executive directors (REDs), wants to have the Commission on Audit (COA) to properly account the donation of confiscated timber products to the Department of Education (DepEd).

The order was made alongside an instruction to DENR’s REDs to “immediately coordinate” with DepEd’s regional directors in their respective regions and “facilitate the smooth turnover” of confiscated forest products with respective resident COA auditors overseeing the turnover.

Latest estimate put the value of confiscated wood products at P18.29 million, up from P10 million reported earlier this month following Paje’s announcement that all confiscated forest products would no longer be bidded out by the Natural Resource Development Corporation (NRDC), a DENR’s corporate arm, but would be donated to DepEd instead.

With a total volume of 1.37 million board feet, the premium species account for almost 10 percent of the volume at 97,764 board feet, with narra consisting of 54,959 board ft., mahogany, lauan, and molave at 20,332 board ft., 20,020 board ft., and 2,064 board ft., respectively.

Philippine teak, despite its being a highly endangered species, is included in the volume at 389 board feet. (PNA) scs/JCA

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