Government bans exports of raw rattan-A A +A
Friday, October 11, 2013
THE government is strictly enforcing the ban on the exportation of raw rattan including poles.
In a memorandum, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio Ignacio reiterated to regional directors to refrain from issuing export authority on these goods.
"This is to remind you that export of raw rattan including poles is prohibited," he said.
Ignacio cited the revised list of banned and regulated products for exports, which includes raw rattan including poles, provided under Resolution No. 1 dated November 29, 2011 of the Inter-Agency Committee on Executive No. 16.
This was based on revised rules and regulations implementing Presidential Decree No. 930 and Executive Order No. 1016.
The memorandum also covers DENR-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm).
In line with this, the Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation (CFIF), a primary industry support group of furniture manufacturers and exporters, asked authorities to determine the qualification of "raw rattan".
As reported, even some mere processes involved like cutting/cross-cutting and manual straightening qualifies the material as "semi-processed", and therefore allowed to be exported. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 12, 2013.