[In the news] DENR-12 closes down 13 mini sawmills -MindaNews

MindaNews » DENR-12 closes down 13 mini sawmills.

By Allen V. Estabillo, MindaNews
August 4, 2012

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/2 Aug) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has closed down 13 mini sawmills or wood processing plants in Region 12 or the Soccsksargen Region for violation of various environmental laws and regulations.

Dr. Bighani Manipula, acting chief of DENR-12’s Ecosystems Research and Development Service, said Friday they ordered the closure of the erring sawmills due to the lack of necessary permits and licenses, among them a five-year supply contract required by the agency.

He said the DENR requires sawmill operators to submit a supply contract to ensure that the trees they utilize or process were sourced legally.

“If a sawmill has no supply contract, it means it is getting raw materials from other sources, like maybe from government reforestation areas,” Manipula said.

Of the 13 mini sawmills that were shut down earlier this week, nine were based in South Cotabato province. Seven were located in Tupi town and one each in Surallah town and in Koronadal City.

Three other sawmills were padlocked in Cotabato City and one in Sarangani province.

A report released by the DENR-12 information section identified the erring sawmills as Patwoods Processing Inc. in Surallah town; Emerald Industries in Koronadal City; and sawmills registered to operators Manolito Landicho, Robi Magalaman, Lilit Delizo, Nieves Landicho, Marlon Cunanan and Donato Rivera in Tupi town in South Cotabato.

The others were Amacon Mini-Sawmill and Lumberyard, Arcela Mini-Sawmill and Lumberyard, and Suralda Mini Sawmill, all in Cotabato City, and Phela Resources Corporation in Maitum, Sarangani town.

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