Preserve 100+ year old giant trees in the Philippines

Preserve 100+ year old giant trees in the Philippines

June 9, 2022
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Why this petition matters

Started by Pamela Digma

I am a mindful student devoted about the preservation of trees, particularly those trees that have lived for 100 years or more. Most local woods, which formerly spanned more than two-thirds of the country, have been cut over the last century. Only about a fifth of the Philippines is covered in forest, and illicit logging is wreaking havoc on the country's remaining forests.

The Philippines, perhaps more than any other country, suffers from deforestation, both in terms of the amount of forest loss and the rate at which forests are being cut down. The Philippines has lost about 10 million hectares of forest in the last 100 years, dropping from 70 percent forest coverage to just 20 percent.

It can cause climate change, desertification, soil erosion, fewer crops, flooding, loss of habitat, animal extinction,  increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and a host of problems for indigenous people.

These are the benefits of preserving old trees:


  • Air pollution is reduced by trees.
    Carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, water, sunlight, and a tiny amount of soil components are used by trees and other plants to produce their own sustenance. By storing carbon in their roots and trunks and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere, they release oxygen for us to breathe.
  • From their leaf litter, trees produce organic stuff on the soil surface. Their roots promote soil permeability for water storage and filtration, resulting in reduced stormwater runoff, soil erosion, and stream sedimentation. Trees help to recharge our water tables by reducing the quantity of contaminants that are transferred to streams.
  • According to the research, the older a tree is, the better it absorbs carbon from the air. According to the findings, about 70% of the carbon stored in trees is accumulated in the second half of their lives.
  • Thermal energy is stored in concrete, steel, and asphalt, resulting in these islands. The collective impact of a vast area of transpiring trees (evaporating water) lowers air temperature and provides shade in these locations.
  • Trees boost humidity by evaporating moisture during our dry summers. On sunny days, they decrease glare and lessen destructive winds.

I am requesting the following :

Preservation of the 150-foot mother tree and at least 75% of trees on the lots. 

I request a meeting between the citizens representative and some department such as Forest Management Bureau (FMB), Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) and etc.

Thank you!

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