PIA Press Release
Friday, January 06, 2012
“We will clear our ranks” – DENR XIDAVAO CITY, Jan. 06 (PIA) -- Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI) regional executive director Jim O. Sampulna vowed to personally look into the alleged report about some corrupt employees and officials under him.
“I openly take the challenge made upon me to clear and dismiss corrupt DENR-XI employees. We are presently undergoing a very thorough investigation about this and have identified two personalities allegedly involved on this act in the region,” Sampulna said.
Sampulna added that for 2011, DENR-XI was able to confiscate a total of 4,319 cu.m. of illegally cut or transported forest products with an estimated market value of P19,652,264.97 in compliance with Executive Order no. 23 or Moratorium on the Cutting and Harvesting of Timber in the Natural and Residual Forests and Creating The Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force.
Part of these confiscations was donated to the Department of Education (DepED-XI) for manufacturing of school armchairs, desks, teachers’ table and other school fixtures. To date, DENR has already donated a total of 2,788.67 cu.m. of confiscated logs to DepEd.
Since DepEd-XI has no capacity to mill, the processing or fabrication of these logs into desks, chairs, tables, among others for use in the schools was coursed through the Carpentry Shop of the Local Government of Tagum City under Mayor Rey T. Uy.
DepED, DENR and LGU Tagum City forged a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for this arrangement.
The MOA also cited that the LGU is tasked to turn over the finish products to DepEd, while the DepEd will submit report to the DENR on the number of school fixtures turned-over by the LGUs to them.
In a report submitted by the Office of Mayor Uy to the DENR-XI, there were already 11,995 school chairs and desks manufactured out of the confiscations donated to DepEd.
Further, there were 117 double deck beds donated to the Philippine Army and the PNP as well as 52 hospital beds donated to Provincial of Compostela Valley Province.
Moreover, DENR has also donated a total of 62.23 cu.m. of confiscated logs to the LGU of Davao Oriental. Out of these, the LGU through the initiative of Congresswoman Thelma Z. Almario was able to turn-over to DepED 685 armchairs and 427 desks.
A total of 138.31 cu.m. of confiscated logs donated to the AFP/PNP and 350.94 cu.m. to the different Local Government Units.
“I believe that DENR-XI is not remiss in its function to protect the forests. My men in coordination with the LGUs, PNP, Philippine Army and the National Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force have risked their lives and work long hours on field to make these confiscations,” Sampulna said.
Under Executive Order No. 23 signed by President Benigno S. Aquino, III on February 1, 2011, Section 2 Article 2.7 stated that “The Department of Education shall be given priority in the use of all confiscated logs”.
EO 23 also mandates all concerned municipality/city mayors through their respective Barangay Captains to conduct periodic upland monitoring to ensure that no illegal logging, kaingin and other forms of forest destruction occur in their areas of jurisdiction and in case of occurrence , report same to the Regional Anti-illegal logging task force through the provincial governor/or DILG Regional Director. (CLC/DENR XI/Bing Cordova)