ASEAN Working Group on Forest Product Development (AWGFPD)

ERDB Dir. Quintana, FMB Dir. Tamayo, ERDB Asst. Dir. Natividad, For. Oliveros (FMB) and Dir. Aggangan (DOST- FPRDI) participate in the 22nd Meeting of the ASEAN Working Group on Forest Products Development, Makati City, Philippines, 15 July 2019.

The ASEAN Working Group on Forest Products Development (AWG-FPD), previously known as the ASEAN Experts Group on Forest Product Development (AEG-FPD), subsumed the works of ASEAN Working Group on a Pan-ASEAN Timber Certification Initiative (AWG PATCI) and ASEAN Experts Group on Herbal and Medical Plants (AEG-HMP). It was agreed during the 18th Meeting of ASOF that was held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from 6-8 August 2015. 

It aims to enhance ASEAN cooperation in forest products development and the alignment of national standards and testing protocols in accordance with International Standard; enhance intra- and extra-ASEAN trade and competitiveness of ASEAN forest products including through inter-alia timber certification; support the development of medicinal and aromatic plant industries, including their conservation and sustainable use; and promote co-operation with ASEAN Dialogue Partners, regional and international organizations and the private sector in marketing and image building for ASEAN forest products. 

It will continue the modality of AEG-FPD particularly on the plan of action, rotation of hosting and focal points. Indonesia serve as the lead country.
Focal Office:
Forest Management Bureau (FMB)
August 2016 - Date Reorganized
Focal Persons:
Lead Focal, Forest Products
       Forest Products Research and Development Institute
       Department of Science and Technology
       Tel. Nos. - (634) 5363630 / 5362586

Herbal and Medicinal Plants Focal
       DENR - Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau 
       Tel Nos. - (634) 536 3628 local 276/203 / 536 2269 / 536 2229
       Fax - (049) 536 2850

Timber Focal
       Chief, Forest Policy Section
       DENR - Forest Management Bureau
       Tel. Nos. - (632) 926-2141 / 927-6217
       Email -
- Participate in the deliberations and discussions of guidelines, policies, and programs of the working group --- The Plan of Action (POA) for ASEAN Cooperation on Forest Products Development (2016-2020) was endorsed by the 20th Meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials on Forestry (ASOF) held on 27-28 July 2017. It specifies the action programmes per strategic thrust under the Strategic Plan of Action (SPA) for ASEAN Cooperation in FAF (2016-2025) related to forest products development. For details, please see
- Present country updates during the meetings.
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- Hosted and chaired the 22nd Meeting of AWGFPD on 15-16 July 2019 in Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
- Reviewed and endorsed to ASOF the development of the "Regional Voluntary Code of Conduct for Forest and Timber Companies in ASEAN" as a key deliverable of the ASEAN Cooperation in Forestry for year 2019.
- Endorsed to ASOF the proposal, "Study on Trade of Selected Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) in ASEAN."
- Supported the joint proposal developed by Indonesia and the Philippines on "Training on Wood and Plant identification using Several Techniques."
This Page was updated on 17 December 2019 and will be updated on 10 December 2020
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