BANGUED, Abra, Mar. 29 (PIA) -- The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) recently held a dialogue with the furniture makers association in the province to tackle concerns on harvesting and transport of forest products.
PENR Officer Shirley Leaño presented policies and regulations particularly Presidential Decree (PD) No. 705 or the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines which declares that anyone who cuts, gathers or collects timber products and other forest products without license will face criminal charges and penalties. These forest products include raw, finished, charcoal and other timber products.
“You cannot transport your furniture in and out the province unless you have cutting and transport permits,” Leano told the furniture makers.
“Please follow these rules because we have deputized government forces like the police and military to intercept transported forest products and furniture without permit. This is for your own good. We don’t want to hold you,” she reiterated.
Furniture makers asked for a day leeway to transport their furnitures from uplands to their shops in Bangued, which the foresters agreed.
Meanwhile, Department of Trade and Industry Provincial Director Arell Bañez discouraged charcoal making during the dialogue. “It consumes more woods than what you can make in one set of furniture. Remember, we are here to talk about forest conservation,” he explained.
He also urged the furniture makers to adhere to DENR policies because illegal process is bad for business. By: Ginalyn B. Brioso (JDP/GBB- PIA CAR, Abra)