The Bureau of Customs on Friday turned over 280,000 board feet of confiscated lauan to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) to be converted into armchairs for the public schools.
Last year, Tesda received 26,166 pieces of seized lumber which the agency has fabricated into armchairs.
“What I can see from the piles of lumber are happy students who will soon have chairs when they attend classes,” Tesda Director General Joel Villanueva said.
“We will tap our skilled workers to turn the confiscated logs into quality furniture to help erase the shortage of school chairs in the country,” he said.
Tesda and other agencies earlier signed a memorandum of agreement to fast track the production of school furniture made out of confiscated logs.
The agency has set up several production sites in key areas in the country and gathered its graduates to work in turning the lumber into chairs.
Tesda’s Caraga production site has made 34,186 armchairs and delivered them to Department of Education.
In the Taguig production site, 2,500 armchairs have been produced and ready for delivery. Another 2,500 chairs are targeted to be finished by end of July.
NEIL A. ALCOBER