By Ben Serrano
Claiming what was given for the rehabilitation of war-stricken city of Marawi were just representing one-fourth of the 1.4-M board feet hot lumbers seized from different parts of Caraga from January to July this year, Caraga environment director Charlie Fabre said the agency is inclined to donate more.
Fabre said what was completely sawn ready for transport to Marawi anytime was only 401,000 board feet and that
the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is inclined to donate about 1-M board feet of hardwood.
“What was completely sawn ready for transport to Marawi anytime was only 401,000 board feet. And we still have 1-M board feet left that has yet to be sawn into lumber, ready to use as construction materials for Marawi, ” Fabre said in a phone interview.
Fabre said there are still not used seized hot logs now stored in different Community (CENRO) and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENRO) offices in different towns and five provinces in Caraga.
Fabre added what is currently available and ready to saw are hot logs if sawn into lumber will be totaled to 1.4-M board feet.
Fabre said that at P20 to P30 pesos per board foot of current market price of hardwood, the ready for transport to Marawi lumbers of 401,000 board feet is worth between P8-M to P12-M.
Part of the 401,000 board feet for Marawi is the donated 30,000 board feet of hardwood by Casilayan Softwood Development Corporation (CSDC) a wood firm operating here in Caraga Region particularly Agusan del Sur areas owned by Senator Enrile and his family, according to Fabre.
“DENR who signed IFMA agreement with CSDC has share of part of the sawn lumber of the company for their own production use for their match-making factory ” says Fabre.
CSDC-Agusan del Sur Plant and Butuan City office manager Engr. Jose Yap said being part of the corporate responsibility of one of the oldest and last remaining wood firm in Caraga, CSDC is ready anytime to donate lumbers if logs are available from our planted wood species.
CSDC is an industrial tree plantation development company created to provide for the JAKA Group’s match companies wood requirements.
The company acquired Integrated Forestry Management Agreement (IFMA) concessions with the national government to rehabilitate and develop non-productive, government-owned forested lands, or Degraded Residual Forests (DRF), into revenue-generating, sustainable industrial tree plantations.