Bataan Forest Products

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional office has started validating forest products confiscated by police in the province for possible turnover to the Department of Education (DepEd).

Fred Sadueste, chief of the DENR Forest Resources Conservation Division in Region 3, heads the validation team created by Regional Executive Director Ricardo Calderon to check and inventory forest products confiscated by police and other agencies in Bataan.

Sadueste said validation of seized forest products has already started in Aurora Province and will do the same in other provinces in Central Luzon.

As per memorandum of agreement between DENR and DepEd, the confiscated lumber will go into the education department’s school desks and classroom program.

Sadueste said he was tasked by the DENR Region 3 director to authenticate about 3,000 board feet of timber under the custody of the Bagac Municipal Police Station.

The timber and five female carabaos allegedly used in illegal logging were the subject of the confiscation order issued by Calderon November 5 last year.

In Bagac town, the team scaled and inventoried the lumber piled at the compound of the municipal police station under Senior Insp. George Santiago.

Santiago said there was no problem because the forest products and the carabaos under the custody of the police station are all accounted for.

Sadueste said they will submit their validation report to Calderon.

Members of the DENR’s validation team first coordinated with Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Ricardo Lazaro in Pilar town. They then passed by the office of Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Juanito David in this town where they checked and reviewed documents on the confiscated items before proceeding to the police station. (PNA)

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