PWPA urges Filipinos to save the planet by planting trees

The Philippine Wood Producers Association (PWPA) calls for the participation of Filipinos in the cause of planting more trees for the benefit of the environment and the country.

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Chairman of the Philippine Wood Producers Association (PWPA) Charlie H. Liu delivers his welcoming remarks at the 67th General Assembly held at the Joy Nostalg Hotel & Suites in Pasig City.

“To say that planting trees helps save the environment is an understatement,” says PWPA Chairman Charlie H. Liu. “Planting trees is not just beneficial to Mother Earth; the practice also provides social and economic benefits to the country.”

Since the beginning of time, humans and other living creatures have been dependent on trees for life and sustenance, and the organization believes there’s not a moment we should stop planting more.

Trees have always provided a source of livelihood to Filipinos. In primary manufacturing alone, PWPA says that an estimated 236,500 full-time jobs per year can be generated. From development and primary wood processing, there are more than 500,000 potential jobs available.

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To ensure the industry remains alive and sustainable, PWPA firmly stands by planting new trees as the best solution. Trees not only serve as adding decoration for streets, parks, and backyards, but having them around also improves quality of life.

Trees enhance air quality by filtering harmful gases such as ozone, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide from the air we breathe. Furthermore, they decrease the amount of runoff water from storms, which in turn reduces erosion and pollution in our waterways and significantly reduces the effects of flooding.

Once trees reach full maturity and become ready for harvest, they can generate a whole lot of benefits for the economy. Timber manufacturing alone creates job opportunities for residents in the upland areas. Moreover, marketing raw materials, building infrastructure and wooden furniture provide great revenue for the local forest industry.

“We can help make our planet better by starting in our own nation and planting more trees,” Liu added. “This way, we can ensure protection against possible calamities, livelihood for people in the rural places, and income for the country’s economy.”

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