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DENR eases requirements on tree plantations

DENR Administrative Order 2020-18: Promoting Tree Plantation Development and Liberalizing Harvesting and Transport of Planted Trees and Tree Derivatives for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development

Private landowners are also enticed to establish their wood processing plants to encourage vertical integration. This means that, as wood-based enterprises control multiple processes in the supply chain (e.g., tree growing, harvesting, wood processing, marketing), they enhance their production efficiency – which translates to lower production cost and improved market competitiveness. 

The policy also calls for the development of a training program for tree plantation certification and guidelines for third-party certifiers, and to strengthen “research and development programs on tree plantation establishment and management to assist tree plantation owners.”