Sinag asks DENR to donate felled trees to Bayambang school

October 27, 2014 at 2:57 am Leave a comment


By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY—After pledging initial funds for the restoration of the Gabaldon Building of the Bayambang Central School, the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) requested the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of Environment to donate the cut trees along the Manila North Road (MNR) to manufacture them into desks for the school.
“We are asking Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson and Environment Secretary Ramon Paje donate some of the tree trunks for the school, where the Gabaldon Building, including the furniture and desks, was burned in June 2013,” Sinag President Rosendo So, said.
The Sinag pledged an initial fund of P400,000 for the repair of the 12-classroom building, but So said third district Representative Rosemary Arenas would work for a P5 million fund to completely rehabilitate the building.
DENR Regional Executive Director Samuel Peñafiel said the tree trunks are usually donated to the local government units of the towns where the trees originated, and schools in those towns.
“But it is possible to donate the trunks in other towns if really needed, in consultation with the LGUs concerned,” he said through a telephone interview.
He added that it is not only the tree trunks cut from the MNR which can be used for the Bayambang Central School, but also the confiscated wood by the DENR.
“As long as the confiscated wood are not subject of court cases, or the cases have been resolved, we can donate them to the schools in need,” he said.
DPWH District Engineer Emmanuel Diaz said the tree trunks and branches of the trees cut along the MNR were deposited in depots in the towns which the MNR traversed. These are Rosales, Villasis, Urdaneta City, Binalonan, Pozorrubio and Sison.
So said manufacturing the trunks into desks would be of big help to the Bayambang Central School, the original campus of which was abandoned after a local court ordered the transferred of its operations to another site.
He said the rehabilitation of the Gabaldon could not be questioned by anyone “because we are only trying to help in reviving a historical building, and so that the children would have something to use when they go back to the old campus.”
“Besides, the 3.1 hectare campus, according to documents submitted to Congress, belongs to the state and that it is the (DepEd) which has the right to use the property because it has been using it for 100 years,” So said.
“Since the property does not belong to the local government of Bayambang, it has no right to swap it with a private property,” he added.

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