Groups laud DENR for liberalizing policies on tree plantations
Groups like Foundation for Economic Freedom, Inc. (FEF) and Philippine Wood Producers Association Inc. (PWPA) have lauded the Philippine government for streamlining the procedures in the harvest and transport of forest products and derivatives from tree plantations in forest and private lands in the country.
The groups said in a joint statement that they recognize this critical step of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to increase the productivity of the forest sector.
The Philippines has growing wood demand but current supply is unable to keep up, the groups said.
From 2006 to 2016, the average wood supply of the country is 5.17 million cubic meters (m3) while the wood consumption is 6.94 million m3 resulting in an average deficit of 1.77 million m3.
Wood supply is composed of at least 75 percent imported products while the rest are from local sources.
Once a major timber exporter, the Philippines is now a net timber importer. With the logging moratorium that banned the harvest and transport of trees from natural and residual forests for protection and preservation purposes, the country is left with tree plantations.