There are two (2) holders of the Integrated Forest Management Agreement (IFMA) in the CALABARZON Region. These are International Hardwood & Veneer Corporation of the Philippines (INTERWOOD) and AGM Ventures Enterprises, Inc., both located in Quezon, Province. IFMA is issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)  to “qualified applicant wherein the DENR grants to the latter the exclusive right to develop, manage, protect and utilize a specified area of forestland and forest resources therein for a period of 25 years and may be renewed for another 25-year period, consistent with the principle of sustainable development and in accordance with an approved Comprehensive Development and Management Plan (CDMP) and under which both parties share in its produce.” DAO No. 99-53 . The IFMA holders are allowed to cut trees in their specific area but are required to replace the trees that had been cut.

DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Ipat Luna aims to green the region with more trees planted and she is encouraging private real estate developers to allocate more open spaces, aside from planting strips, to be planted with native trees. As stated in the the revised  Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Batas Pambansa (BP) 220:

“Planting strips as required under PD 953 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations shall be observed in accordance with the following road specifications:

Table 6: Width of Planting Strips and Sidewalks

RIGHT-OF-WAY (m)

ECONOMIC HOUSING SOCIALIZED HOUSING

SOCIALIZED HOUSING

Planting Strip (m)

Sidewalk (m)

Planting Strip (m)

Sidewalk (m)

15

1.3

1.2

1.3

1.2

12

0.8

1.2

0.8

1.2

10

0.8

1.2

0.8

1.2

8

0.4

0.6

0.4

0.6

6.5

Optional

0.5

Optional

0.5

Note: Refer to Supplemental Rules and Regulations to Implement PD 953 Tree Planting. – Every owner of existing subdivision is required among others to plant trees in designated area as per Resolution No. R-532, series of 1993. (Approving the Rules and Regulations Implementing PD 953 “Requiring the Planting of Trees in Certain Places and Penalizing Unauthorized Cutting, Destruction, Damaging and Injuring of Certain Trees, Plans and Vegetation”).

Farmers and entrepreneurs may also benefit from the recently release guidebook on Sustainable Tree Farming of the Forest Foundation Philippines in collaboration with a sustainability communications agency called DRINK. The guidebook contains a list of possible venture partners and resources and may be accessed and downloaded from this link: Sustainable Tree Farming Guidebook.

DENR CALABARZON is urging the public to report Environment and Natural Resources-related, especially illegal logging operation cases via hotline 8888,  sms to +639456215007/ +639083340224, email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send us photos, videos and other information via https://www.facebook.com/DENR4AOfficial/ #DENRCalabarzon #TayoAngKalikasan