Translate page with Google

Story Publication logo May 12, 2021

Map: Philippine Forest Losses, Gains by Province


View of a river in a forest from a cable car.

Karol Ilagan, a director at the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, is investigating...


The country's total forest cover plateaued since the first Aquino administration, but geographical breakdown of the data shows a grim picture. Half of all provinces lost forest cover totaling more than 154,000 hectares in the past 12 years. 

The Mimaropa region – covering Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan – has seen the worst deforestation in recent years. Caraga and the Cordillera regions offer hope.

Find out if your province lost or gained forest cover. 

Source: National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) • Notes: ▪ 2015 data are based on digitally classified Landsat 8 imageries with 30-meter resolution taken in 2014-2016 with ground validation. The datasets are projected in UTM Zone 51N except Palawan (Zone 50N), with PRS 92 horizontal datum. ▪ 2010 data are generated through the visual interpretation of images of the Philippines taken from various earth observation satellites. These are ALOS AVNIR-2, SPOT5 and Landsat. ▪ 2003 data are results of the joint undertaking of the FMB and NAMRIA using the 2001-2003 satellite imageries with 30-meter resolution. ▪ Details may not add up to total due to rounding. ▪ *Davao Occidental was created through Republic Act No. 10360 enacted on July 23, 2013. ▪ **Cotabato City is the regional center of BARMM. ▪ ***Not included in 2003 data.

Read more about this data and what scientists say about analyzing satellite surveys at

View the full interactive story.


logo for the Rainforest Investigations Network


Rainforest Investigations Network

Rainforest Investigations Network

Support our work

Your support ensures great journalism and education on underreported and systemic global issues