CEBU CITY, Dec. 29 – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 confiscated more than P13 million worth of forest products in different ports in Central Visayas this year.
The seized forest products did not have transport documents from their origin or were misdeclared in terms of tree species in the Certificate of Timber or Lumber Origin, said DENR 7 Director Maximo Dichoso.
From January 2011 to November 2011, the DENR 7 confiscated a total of 440.4835 cubic meters of forest products with an estimated value of P13.436 million.
Most of the items were seized at ports in Cebu with 250.8171 cubic meters worth about P12.573 million, followed by Bohol with 135.299 cubic meters worth about P379,496.29; and Negros Oriental with 54.37 cubic meters worth P483,000.
Ports where the forest products were seized were Tagbilaran and Talibon in Bohol Province, Argao, Carmen, Toledo City and Cebu City in Cebu Province; and Ayungon and Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental.
The seized forest products included lumber, flitches, timber, log, squared timber, boat keel, firewood, logbolts, charcoal, tanbark and poles.
The movement of logs, lumber, plywood, veneer, non-timber forest products and wood-based or non-wood based products or commodities should be covered with appropriate original certificates of origin, said Dichoso.
The certificate of lumber origin refers to the document issued by the DENR to accompany the transport of lumber and other forest products. The documents shows the volume of the shipment, species volume, place of loading, conveyance used date of transport, source of the forest product and consignee.
Dichoso said transport documents provide a control mechanisms to monitor illegal logging and smuggling of forest products. (PNA) LAP/LAM/EB/re