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P785,000 worth of lumber seized

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 seized P785,880 worth of teak lumber or flitches (Tectonagrandis).

DENR 7 Regional Executive Director Dr. Isabelo R. Montejo said the confiscation was the biggest in the last two years.

“It has to be stressed here that the shipment of forest products should be covered with original documents for monitoring and controlling purposes and the entries thereat should be consistent with the actual kind of species and quantity of forest products,” he said.

Based on a report released by the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Cebu City, a trailer truck with plate number GXU-340 loading at least 917 pieces of teak lumber or equivalent to 8,732 board feet disembarked from a Ro-Ro vessel in Ouano Wharf last Thursday afternoon.

The truck was intercepted inside the wharf by a four-member investigating team created by Montejo. (Phoebe Jen Indino)