The Department of Environment and Natural Resources assured efforts on helping the country meet demand for lumber.
Tree-planting under the National Greening Program won’t just be to increase Philippine forest cover but also to grow species to eventually be harvested for lumber, noted DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu.
He assured, “We will be assisting private planters in planting their private lots.”
Cimatu said the Philippines needs 5 million cubic meters of lumber annually. At present, the country produces about 1 million cubic meters of lumber — mostly in private lands — and must source the balance elsewhere.
He shared, “We need to plant to produce what we need.”
He said mahogany, gmelina and acacia mangium are the tree species for planting and harvesting. Bamboo is also being considered as this grass species is suitable lumber material.
He, however, clarified that indigenous tree species will still be used for planting to increase forest cover.