Illegal logs to be used for schools: TESDA

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 08 2012 07:17 PM | Updated as of May 09 2012 03:17 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Logs confiscated from illegal loggers in Marawi City would be used to build school chairs and furniture, as part of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority's livelihood projects for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva also said that P41 million has been allotted as initial funding for educational and livelihood projects for the region. 
"We are transforming these logs to arm chairs and, of course, giving also livelihood programs for the constituents of ARMM. At the same time, 'yung educational aspect ho nito to certify them as furniture makers and furniture… machine operators. So tuloy-tuloy po ito but, at the same time, we're focusing more on a more sustainable projects and programs that would lead to employment doon sa mga kababayan po natin sa ARMM," Villanueva told reporters after officers-in-charge of the ARMM Regional Legislative Assembly took their oath in Malacañang.