Illegal logs turn into school furniture in Compostela Valley

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By Anna Valmero

NABUNTURAN, COMPOSTELA VALLEY—The second wave of seized illegal logs here were turned into 120 armchairs, 84 school desks and 50 kiddie chairs for the Mabini Central Elementary School.

“By the time the pupils come back after the school mid-year break, they will now have new and comfortable chairs to sit on,” reported school principal Liza Bernalte.

Lack of chairs for students has been a problem for students after the school added three sections in Grade 1 and 2. This year’s total enrollment rose to 1,335, up by almost 300 from last year – meaning there are students who have no choice but sit on broken chairs or  bring their own monobloc chairs. Others sit on the floor.

“Most of them cannot afford to buy a chair so they have to make do with broken chairs, or cramp four to five pupils in a two-seater school desk,” said Bernalte.

The new school furniture were fabricated from the confiscated logs that were seized in the province and some parts of Davao del Norte.

The illegal or “hot” logs are then turned over to Tagum City for fabrication. Aside from school chairs, these also served as material for tables, hospital beds and wooden double-deck beds.

Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy, meanwhile, urged private companies and individual donors to support this cause and donate more chairs and school furniture.

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