Illegal logging is widespread in the country. However, the government has been putting significant effort into law enforcement to tackle the problem.
Over 25% of the Philippines are covered by forests. This percentage has been rising for the past few years, in part due to a government reforestation programme. More than 90% of the Philippines’ forests are owned by the state. One fifth of the country’s forests have protected status, and nearly half are managed by local communities (FAO 2015).