Around 3,000 board feet of lumber confiscated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 will be donated to towns in Cagayan province with heavily damaged houses caused by Typhoon Egay last July.
The lumber subject for disposition from four DENR field offices will be donated to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Region 2 to facilitate the distribution of wood to typhoon-hit municipalities.
Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan of DENR and Regional Director Leon DG Rafael, Jr. of OCD signed yesterday the deed of donation of confiscated forest products.
Director Bambalan said the lumber will be used for the repair or construction of houses of typhoon victims especially in northern Cagayan.
“Several municipalities in Cagayan province have been heavily impacted by Typhoon Egay that’s why the DENR is taking part in the whole-of-government approach of helping communities rise above extreme challenges like typhoons,” said Director Bambalan.
Meanwhile, Director Rafael Jr. said they will be coordinating with the provincial local government unit (PLGU) in the identification of beneficiaries and transport of donated lumber to recipient towns.
“We are thankful for these convergence efforts among government agencies providing support to disaster-hit communities,” enthused Director Rafael as he mentioned that the OCD and other government agencies will be donating roof materials and financial assistance.
Cagayan provincial government reported that Typhoon Egay left over 1,600 partially and totally damaged houses in the province.#