Forestry Reform Code of the Philippines (Presidential Decree No. 705). | Land Portal

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This Act lays down the basic principles of forest management and conservation, makes provision for the administration of forestry (Chap. I), the survey and classification of lands for purposes of forestry (Chap. II), and the use of forest resources (Chap. III).Basic policy principles are outlined in section 2. Section 3 contains definitions. For the purpose of implementing the provisions of this Code, the Bureau of Forestry, the Reforestation Administration, the Southern Cebu Reforestation Development Project, and the Parks and Wildlife Office are merged into single agency to be known as the Bureau of Forest Development (sect. 4). The Bureau shall have jurisdiction and authority over all forest land, grazing lands, and all forest reservations including watershed reservations presently administered by other government agencies. The Bureau shall be directly under the control and supervision of the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources, hereinafter referred to as the Department Head (sect. 7). The Department Head, upon the recommendation of the Director of Forest Development, shall promulgate the rules and regulations necessary to implement effectively the provisions of this Code (sect. 9). The Agency shall have divisions, including a Wildlife and Parks Division, and district and regional offices, here created. The Department Head shall prescribe the criteria, guidelines and methods for the proper and accurate classification and survey of all lands of the public domain into agricultural, industrial or commercial, residential, resettlement, mineral, timber or forest, and grazing lands, and into such other classes as now or may hereafter be provided by law, rules and regulations (sect. 13). Areas needed for forest purposes are outlined in section 16.Chapter III provides for matters relating to use of forest resources, such as licences, license agreements, leases and permits for purposes of utilise, exploit, occupy, possess or conduct any forestry activity, harvesting methods (sect. 22), timber inventory, annual allowable cut (sect. 26), forest concessions (sect. 28), wood processing industry, reforestation (sect. 33). industrial tree plantations, tree farms and agro-forestry farms (sect. 34), forest protection (sects. 37 to 53), including protection of swamplands and mangrove forests (sect. 43), forest roads, etc. This Chapter also makes provision for special uses of forest resources, such as grazing, wildlife, and recreation, and for the measuring of timber.The last part (Chap. IV) of this Act prescribes criminal offences, including unlawful occupation or destruction of forest lands and grazing lands. (92 sections)

Amended by: Presidential Decree no. 1775 amending section eighty of Presidential Decree numbered seven hundred five, as amended, otherwise known as the "Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines". (1981-01-14)
Amended by: Act to amend the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines (No. 7161). (1991-10-10)
Amended by: Act the Presidential Decree numbered seven hundred five, as amended, otherwise known as the " Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines" (No. 7161). (1991-10-10)
Amended by: Executive Order No. 277 amending section 68 of Presidential Decree No. 705 otherwise known as the "Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines". (1987-07-25)

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