Forestry

Responding to the wood sector’s woes

Published by rudy Date posted on September 26, 2011

About six months after the government issued an executive order calling for a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in national and residual forests, the country’s wood industry is complaining about a number of problems that have started to affect their profitability.

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Wood producers appeal log ban

Published by rudy Date posted on August 25, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Wood Producers Association (PWPA) is urging the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to start the evaluation of operations of all wood producers to enable a more realistic review of the wood industry’s request for the lifting of the total log ban.

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Mindanao wood processors want EO 23 provisions changed

Published by rudy Date posted on June 9, 2011

Northern Mindanao tree planters and wood processors are asking the Environment Department to return the one-year supply contract for “tree planted species” instead of the five-year supply contract mandated by Executive Order (EO) 23 or the moratorium on logging.

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Smuggled plywood floods local market

Published by rudy Date posted on May 25, 2011

A GROUP of local wood producers on Tuesday called on the government’s attention over the influx of substandard and smuggled imported plywood from China.

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Sawmills trim operations after moratorium on timber cutting

Published by rudy Date posted on April 19, 2011

The government’s moratorium on timber harvesting has started to take its toll on furniture makers as sawmill companies scaled down operations by trimming the working period to four instead of five days.

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Fires destroy much of Phl forests, UN-FAO records show

Published by rudy Date posted on April 17, 2011

NATIVIDAD, Pangasinan , Philippines  – It’s summer, and expect some parts of the country’s vanishing forests to go up in smoke because of fires.

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PhilExport urges gov’t to suspend total log ban

Published by rudy Date posted on March 6, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PhilExport) has called for the immediate suspension of the implementation of the total log ban, citing dire consequence to the lucrative wood-based industries.

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Wood producers seek more time to phase out logging activities

Published by rudy Date posted on March 6, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Wood producers holding industrial forest management agreements (IFMAs) or timber license agreements (TLAs) are appealing to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to give them more time for an orderly phase-out of their logging activities in natural and residual forests included in their contracts.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Phl now a heavy importer of logs (Conclusion)

Published by rudy Date posted on March 3, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The grim projection is out: At the rate the Philippines is ravaging its natural resources, it world be the first Southeast Asian country to lose its forests within the first half of the present century.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Phl now a heavy importer of logs (First of 2 parts)

Published by rudy Date posted on March 2, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Once a lavish exporter of logs. Now a heavy importer of this wood product. Also, a big chunk of the country’s lumber and other forest products, on top of the imported logs, is now sourced from Asian and Pacific countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea) and…

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Lift total log ban, exporters ask govt

Published by rudy Date posted on March 1, 2011

EXPORTERS have asked the government to lift the total log ban, which they claimed was injurious to wood-based export sectors.

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More on the log ban

Published by rudy Date posted on February 19, 2011

2011 is the International Year of Forests. Foresters the world over should be rejoicing that the global community is recognizing the importance of the world’s forests and what they can give us, but the Philippine professional foresters are united in their stand against the total log ban (25 years in the Senate Bill proposed by…

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Log ban won’t affect local wood supply, says Paje

Published by rudy Date posted on February 14, 2011

MANILA, Philippines –  Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said Malacañang’s recent order for a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in natural and residual forests will not affect the country’s wood supply.

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Total logging ban ‘ill-advised’

Published by rudy Date posted on February 10, 2011

THE forest industry and the academe on Tuesday warned that the worsening problem of illegal logging will escalate if the government will not repeal and fine-tune Executive Order 23, Malacañang’s total logging ban.

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Total log ban to lead to loss of P30-B investments

Published by rudy Date posted on February 6, 2011

MANILA, Philippines –  A total log ban will result in the loss of P30 billion worth of investments and the dislocation of 650,000 workers nationwide, the Society of Filipino Foresters Inc. said.

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Govt imposes logging, mining ban

Published by rudy Date posted on February 5, 2011

THE government has canceled up to 500 inactive mining permits and suspended all large-scale mining applications until the end of the year while it reviews all pending and inactive claims, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said Friday.

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Aquino issues EO 23 on indefinite log ban

Published by rudy Date posted on February 4, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino yesterday declared an indefinite log ban all over the country.

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Foresters oppose total log ban

Published by rudy Date posted on January 26, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The Society of Filipino Foresters Inc. (SFFI) is opposed to the imposition of a total log ban as proposed by Senate Bills 1360 and 21.72.

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Wood industry fears massive losses from ban

Published by rudy Date posted on January 21, 2011

THE country stands to lose as much as P30 billion in revolving investments and about $1 billion worth of value-added wood products exports if the government implements a logging ban.

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Wood producers appeal vs total log ban

Published by rudy Date posted on January 21, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Wood Producers Association (PWPA) appealed yesterday to President Aquino to reconsider a total log ban, warning of its social impact on over two million people directly and indirectly working in the wood industry.

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Experts: Log ban not enough to stop landslides, floods

Published by rudy Date posted on January 18, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III is considering a total log ban in selected areas following floods and landslides that hit several provinces. But if it were up to climate change experts, a total log ban is not the key to stop landslides.

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Lawmakers back call for total log ban

Published by rudy Date posted on January 16, 2011

MANILA, Philippines –  Lawmakers yesterday supported the call for a total log ban in the country.

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Malacañang mulls implementation of total log ban

Published by rudy Date posted on January 16, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino is mulling the implementation of a total log ban nationwide following the massive flooding and landslides that hit several areas in the country.

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DENR calls for multisectoral participation in forest management

Published by rudy Date posted on May 10, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Environment Secretary Horacio Ramos yesterday called for meaningful multi-sectoral participation in forest management, which will enable the country to achieve self-sufficiency in its forest product requirements.

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The Green Revolution: What a real forest means

Published by rudy Date posted on March 22, 2009

Over the last century, the forest area in the Philippines has fallen from 21 million hectares in 1900 to just less than 6 million in 1996 (DENR 2002). As recorded, large area of forestlands were already converted to tree plantation, mining and marginal upland agriculture which gave a 200,000 hectares per year deforestation rate in…

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