Vol. XX No. 42

December 27, 2000

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Major Developments

 

Guidelines on recovery of drifted logs issued

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has issued regulations governing the recovery and disposition of abandoned logs, drifted logs, sunken logs, uprooted and fire/typhoon damaged trees, tree stumps, tops and branches.

DENR Secretary Antonio H. Cerilles issued Administrative Order No. 2000-78 last November so that abandoned logs, drifted logs, sunken logs, uprooted and fire/typhoon damaged trees, tree stumps, tops and branches may be utilized for the manufacture of lumber and other finished products.

Thru the Order, Cerilles said, the DENR shall allow the orderly recovery and disposition of retrievable wood materials found within forestlands, alienable and disposable lands, private lands and along rivers, streams, oceans and other bodies of water.

The AO allows the recovery and disposition of retrievable wood materials provided such materials are from naturally grown trees in forestlands, alienable and disposable lands, and private lands and those of planted species found within forestlands. The logs and other wood materials must be free from adverse claim.

Only the National Resources Development Corporation (NRDC), Local Government Units (LGUs) having territorial jurisdiction over the retrievable wood materials, Filipino citizens of legal age, and partnerships, associations, cooperatives or corporations may apply for the Wood Recovery Permit subject to priority. No permit will be issued covering areas under the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS), which are environmentally at high risk.

Tenants or holders of tenurial instruments have first nib on fire and typhoon damaged and uprooted trees, tree stumps, tops and branches in public lands, followed by the NRDC, LGU and Filipino citizens or corporation. For similar materials found in private lands, the lot or land owner has first priority, followed by the NRDC and LGU concerned.

For trees damaged by fire or typhoon, the damage should be of the extent that the trees, either dead or living, have nil chance of survival. On the other hand, the AO defines uprooted trees as that blown down due to natural causes, the roots of which are exposed above the ground and have nil chance of survival.

For abandoned logs, or logs left within forestlands, alienable and disposable lands and private lands, whose owners or claimants cannot be identified, the NRDC has first priority, followed by the LGU and the citizen or corporation.

For logs that have been washed away by floods and water currents as well as those found at the bottom of a river, stream, sea cove and other bodies of water, it will be finders keepers. The finder of the lumber materials gets to apply for a permit first, followed by NRDC, LGU and the Filipino citizen or corporation.

The CENRO is allowed to issue a Wood Recovery Permit with an effectivity of one month for timber volume not greater than five cubic meters while the PENRO can issue a similar permit for two months for timber up to 15 cubic meters in volume. For volumes not less than 30 cubic meters, the Regional Executive Director will issue a three-month permit while for volumes greater than that, it will be DENR Secretary who will issue the permit lasting from four months to one year.

The AO also provides that the CENRO shall conduct an inventory of the wood materials, chronologically numbered, photographed and indicated in a sketch map. In case the applicant is not the NRDC, the applicant may conduct the inventory with the supervision of a CENRO forester. Forest charges still have to be paid by the permittee, which will be issued the necessary transport documents. The Order takes effect on January 1, 2001. 

 

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