Maintaining forest productivity should be the main concern of not only the government but everybody. This has to be given priority because the ill-consequence of forest destruction in the past remains unabated. At present, the extent of forest damage is still serious and the rate of forest destruction in the Philippines is one of the fastest in the world.
Some effective approaches being implemented by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through the Bureau of Forest Development (BFD) are the following;
Proper land classification and classification of existing forest. In the Philippines, mis-classification and misuse of land are corrected by implementing the provisions of P.D 705 which sets appropriate methods, criteria, and guidelines for proper land classification and survey of all lands of public domain. Lands are classified into agricultural, industrial or commercial, residential, resettlement, mineral, timber or forest, grazing and into such other classes. Forests are classified into several categories to limit the activities of illegal loggers.
Increasing the number of national parks. The declaration of Kalawit Island, Mount Apo, Kanlaon, Butuan national Parks and other forests as sacred is a move to conserve forest resources. These national parks are a safe haven for exotic and rare breeds of wildlife. logging is totally banned and hunting is also prohibited in the area.