DENR, Army seized P13.5 M worth of illegally cut lumbers

Environment and military officials seized more than 300,000 board feet of illegally cut forest products estimated worth P13.5 million in Sultan Kudarat province, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said Thursday.

The forest products were seized during a raid in Sitio Salatan, Barangay Kabulnan, Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat province Wednesday, according to DENR 12 Regional Executive Director Datu Tungko Saikol.

About 100 board feet of illegally cut lumber are to be handed over to the Army's 42nd Infantry Battalion based in Tacurong City.

Saikol said his office would need 50 trucks to haul from the mountains the confiscated forest products and having problems where to temporarily stock them.

The owners of forest products remained at large as nobody was in the area when the raiding team arrived.

These forest products will be turned over to the Department of Education for school chairs and tables.

He said with the biggest haul, it can construct several school buildings.

Saikol said his office is intensifying campaign against illegal logging in the face of many natural calamities blamed on unabated cutting of trees in the mountains. Bagumbayan is a third class town and is host to the province's remaining forest cover.