Public metro schools receive chairs made from confiscated lumber

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QUEZON CITY, Dec. 1.– Some 1,709 armchairs, made from wood confiscated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), were turned over Tuesday, last week, to three public schools in the cities of Quezon and Parañaque under the government’s logs-to-chair project.

The three schools are Pasong Tamo Elementary School and Old Balara Elementary School, both on Tandang Sora Avenue in Quezon City, and Tambo Elementary School on MIA Road in Parañaque City

A turnover ceremony was held at the Pasong Tamo Elementary, where some 300 armchairs were turned over to the school management. Another 330 armchairs were brought to Old Balara Elementary School, with the remaining 1,079 were delivered to Tambo.

The DENR, along with the Department of Education and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), had earlier signed a P2-million deal with Jollibee Foods Corporation to produce school chairs out of seized logs.

The agreement is part of the government’s project in which the DENR turns over confiscated lumber to be made into chairs, desks and other school essentials for distribution to public schools nationwide.

The JFC shoulders the production and shipping cost of the armchairs consistent with DepEd specifications while DENR provides the wood and TESDA for the manpower and equipment.

From 2011 to June this year, the project has produced 146,295 school furniture and repaired 369 school buildings using confiscated logs and lumber.

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