Welcome Remarks of


Orientation Workshop on Wood Processing Plant Permit for all Registered Lumber Dealers and Furniture Makers in Eastern Visayas

November 3-5, 2016



To all participants, organizer of this workshop, guests, resource persons, ladies and gentlemen, good morning!


It is with great pleasure that I stand before you today to extend to you all a very warm welcome on behalf of my agency, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).


Thank you for heeding our invitation to participate in this event. The fact that many of you travelled from different parts of the region just to be here, is a manifestation on how important this workshop is.


It is through this kind of activity that our Department puts flesh to our mandate for the conservation, management, development, and proper use of the country’s environment and natural resources. Furthermore, we are always guided by our objective to promote equitable access to natural resources by the different sectors of the population.


As lumber dealers and furniture makers, you are being challenged to be responsible in the utilization of our natural resources just as you are given equitable access to our natural resources.


Of course, one has to be equipped with the knowledge regarding policies and directives in relation to the business you are engaged in. However, we also know that there are issues that hamper your being efficient and productive. All this you will try to tackle during this 3-day orientation workshop with the assistance of DENR personnel and those from other concerned agencies, like that of the Department of Industry (DTI) and the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA).


With you working together, it is my fervent desire that you will be able to come up with very productive output that will redound to benefit of all stakeholders – the government, lumber dealers/furniture maker and the public, in general.


Specifically, it is expected that you will be able to internalize all policies and documentary requirements, as well as the process for permit registration and renewal. I challenge you all to constructively identify and put forward problems, weaknesses and constraints that you have encountered. If you also have success stories or good practices, share them so that others may learn from you and be inspired. Above all, find common grounds where you can make a consensus or ways and means to improve both your services and that of the government regulatory bodies, such as DENR.


Busy days are ahead of you during this orientation workshop on wood processing plant permit for all registered lumber dealers and furniture makers here in the region. But in the end, you will be well-informed and  capable of making intelligent decisions to further improve the trade you are in.


That is why, brace yourselves and participate passionately in all the activities of this event.


Once more, allow me to say welcome and have a productive workshop.


Maraming salamat po!