Lumber for F/B Gem Ver I. Confiscated lumbers that were donated to the Recto Bank 22 to help them fix their boat. (DENR Mimaropa)
QUEZON CITY, July 9 (PIA) ---The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, through its Mimaropa regional office, donated 379 assorted lumbers to the survivors of the Recto Bank incident to help them rebuild their boat.
These lumbers, about 3,084 board feet, were items confiscated from DENR-Mimaropa's monitoring and forest patrol operations.
"We are glad that we are able to make use of confiscated forest products to help our fellowmen. Nature indeed has its way of helping people start anew," DENR Mimaropa Regional Executive Director (RED) Henry Adornado said.
The donation was Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu's response to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana who requested materials to help the fishermen (mostly from San Jose, Occidental Mindoro) rebuild their boat and to be added to the new boats provided by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) -Mimaropa.
The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Occidental Mindoro and the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of San Jose facilitated the donation to the fishermen, represented by Felix Dela Torre and Junel Insigne (owner and boat captain of F/B Gem Ver I).
These fishermen were onboard the F/B Gem Ver I when a Chinese vessel allegedly rammed their boat and left them floating in water near Recto Bank at the West Philippine Sea last June 9. (LP/DENR-Mimaropa)