The forestry profession is considered one of the oldest professions in
the Philippines. It dates back to an era when the Spanish government organized
in the Philippines a forestry service known as the “Inspeccion General
de Montes” under the “Direccion General de Administracion Civil” with personnel
from the forest service in Spain.
During the American occupation, the Forestry Bureau was created through
General Order No. 50. When the Philippines gained independence in 1946,
the first Filipino forester, the Director of Forestry Service during the American
period was re-appointed to his position. At that time, the interest to
professionalize forestry in the Philippines gained momentum after it was
halted during the Japanese occupation.
In the 1960s, the Society of Filipino Foresters (SFF), which was organized
in 1948, made strong representation in Congress for the passage of
the Forestry Modernization Bill. On June 19, 1971, their efforts paid off when
President Marcos signed into law Republic Act No. 6239 or “The Forestry
Profession Law,” creating the Board of Examiners for Foresters. In the ensuing
year, the Code of Ethics for Foresters was formulated and approved. The
Board, composed of Jose Viado as Chairman with Nicolas P. Lansingan and
Faustino C. Francia as Members, conducted the first foresters licensure
examinations on the same year.
Visit webpage of other Boards