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280,000 seized lumber to be converted to school chairs

Customs Commissioner Ruffy B. Biazon and TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva (left photo) inspect the confiscated lumber donated by the BOC to TESDA for fabrication into some 45,000 arm chairs for use of public schools under the PNOY Bayanihan Project on Friday (July 19, 2013) at the TESDA Complex, Taguig City. The over 545,000 board feet of lumber was confiscated since last year from misdeclared shipments coming from Davao, Cagayan de Oro and Agusan del Norte in Mindanao. (MNS photo)

Customs Commissioner Ruffy B. Biazon and TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva (left photo) inspect the confiscated lumber donated by the BOC to TESDA for fabrication into some 45,000 arm chairs for use of public schools under the PNOY Bayanihan Project on Friday (July 19, 2013) at the TESDA Complex, Taguig City. The over 545,000 board feet of lumber was confiscated since last year from misdeclared shipments coming from Davao, Cagayan de Oro and Agusan del Norte in Mindanao. (MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Friday donated 280,000 board feet of confiscated lumber to Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to be converted into school chairs.

BOC said they confiscated 68 20-footer container vans from Davao, Cagayan de Oro and Agusan del Norte from 2012-2013.

“The lumber shipments were seized by BOC operatives after all were found to have not been declared as lumber and without requirement permits from the Bureau of Forestry Development and Department of Natural Resources,” they said in a statement.

“The lumber were declared as animal feeds, scrap irons, banana chips, abaca fibers and crushed plastics,” they added.

TESDA said the confiscated lumber will be used for the continuous production of public school armchairs. The organization received 26,166 confiscated lumber last year that were transformed into school chairs.

They produced 34,816 armchairs in the Caraga production site while they produce 2,500 armchairs in the Taguig production.

“Another 2,500 are targeted to be finished by the end of July,” TESDA said in a statement.

According to TESDA, they set up production sites in key areas in the country. They also asked their graduates to work in the fabrication of lumber into school chairs.

“We will tap our skilled workers to turn confiscated logs into quality furniture to help erase shortage of school chairs in the country,” they stressed. (MNS)

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