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Yolanda-felled trees brought back to life.

Iloilo -- Students and teachers on Panay Island will be able to make use chairs and tables from trees that were felled by super-typhoon Yolanda.

"The trees that were toppled by the ferocious typhoon will be brought back to life and made useful by helping in efforts to address the shortage of necessary furniture in public schools," said Jim Sampulna, Western Visayas Regional Director of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-6).

A total of 2,648 cubic meters of lumber were retrieved by the DENR-6 from Yolanda-stricken areas in the four provinces comprising Panay Island.

"It took time to account for all of these fallen trees. We had to schedule the cutting, slicing and hauling of these trees from different locations. It included felled trees in mountainous areas," Sampulna said.

Aside from turning it into school furniture, lumber from these storm-felled trees were also used in efforts to rehabilitate schools in Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Iloilo provinces.

Aside from schools on Panay Island, DENR-6, too, has a similar project in Negros Occidental province.

Abandoned logs found in the town of Hinoba-an are also being used to make school furniture.

Sampulna said DENR-6 has inked an agreement with the Western Visayas regional offices of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-6), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-6), andTechnical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA-6), as well as the office of Negros Occidental 3rdDistrict Rep. Alfredo Benitez for this project.

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Title Annotation:Provincial
Publication:Manila Bulletin
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Date:May 25, 2015
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