2 schools get chairs made from 'hot logs'

Posted at 05/31/12 9:47 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Two schools in Laguna will soon receive the first batch of chairs made with illegal logs that were confiscated by authorities.

Just the past month, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Army were busy in their campaign against illegal logging.

Authorities seized the smuggled logs, which were transferred from Quezon through boats.

Police used Google Earth to track down where the logs were being kept.

At least 250 board feet or more than 8 trucks of logs were confiscated in total.

The PNP estimates that at least 3,000 armchairs can be produced using the logs seized.

Since the wood is of extraordinary quality, the chairs are guaranteed to last a long time.

The PNP and DENR are proud of what they have accomplished in the fight against illegal logging and hope other provinces will follow suit.
The armchairs could serve as a lesson on protecting the environment for those who might get to use them.

The distribution of the chairs will continue until classes open in June. -- Reports from Francis Faulve, ABS-CBN News; ANC