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Act No. 3572

Approved: November 26, 1929.

Section 1
• Be it enacted by the Senate and House of
Representative of the Philippines in Legislature
assembled and by the authority of the same:
• Section 1. The cutting in the public forests of tindalo,
akle, or molave trees less than sixty centimeters in
diameter measured at a height of four feet from the
ground (breast high) is hereby prohibited.
Section 2
• Any person, company, or corporation violating the provisions of this Act shall be
punished by a fine of not more than fifty pesos or imprisonment for not more than
fifteen days, or both, and to pay, besides, two times the amount of the tax on the
timber cut:
• Provided, That in the case of a company or corporation, the president or manager
shall be directly responsible for the acts of his employees or laborers if it is proven
that the latter acted with his knowledge; otherwise the responsibility will extend
only as far as fine is concerned:
• Provided, further, That all tindalo, akle or molave timber cut in violation of this Act
shall be forfeited to the Government.
Section 3
• All acts and provisions of law inconsistent
herewith are hereby repealed.
Section 4
• This Act shall take effect on its approval.

• Approved: November 26, 1929.

Tindalo Tree
Scientific Name: Afzelia rhomboidea
Physical Characteristics:
Tindalo is a tree with an average height of 25 to
30 meters and a diameter of 60 to 80 meters.
Its trunk is straight, cylindrical, and has a
regular bole ranging from 12 to 15 meters in
length. The crown is typically spreading to a
size one half of
the total height of the tree and deciduous
(sheds its leaves) during the dry season.
Tindalo Tree
• Distribution
Tindalo is found in primary forests at low
and medium altitudes, usually scattered on
dry, shallow or rocky soils at ridges and hills
along the costs of Northern Luzon down to
Palawan and Mindanao.
• Traditional use
Tree parts extracts treat dysentery
and internal ulcers.
Tindalo Tree
• Contemporary Use
Tindalo is one of the finest Philippine woods used for cabinet
making and all kinds of high-grade construction. The wood is
also used as stair treads and hand rail due to its shiny color and
hardness. It is likewise excellent for floors, doors, windows,
window frames, joists, railings and railroad ties, musical
instruments, tool handles, and raw frames. It is suitable for
veneer and plywood, disks large tables, unique tools and
bedsteads, and other furniture.
Akle Tree
• Scientific Name:
Albizia acle (Blanco) Merr.
Physical Characteristics:
Akle is a medium-sized tree reaching a
height of 25-30 meters and a diameter
of 70 to 120 centimeters. It is a deciduous
tree (shedding its leaves during the dry
season) and intolerant to shade.
The bole is cylindrical, generally short and
crooked, ranging from 40 to 60
centimeters in diameter and a height
of 10 to 18 meters.
Akle Tree
• Distribution
Akle is found in Northern Luzon to Palawan and Negros in humid lowland forest
from sea level to 150 meters. It sheds off its leaves when flowering starts.The
young leaves develop during flowering.

• Method of Propagation:
Akle is propagated only by seeds.

• Contemporary Use
The wood is one of the best materials for cabinet-making because of its color,
good grain quality, and durability. The tree is also a substitute for black walnut.
Molave Tree
• Scientific Name: Vitex parviflora
Physical Characteristics:
Molave is a medium to large tree attaining a
diameter of 100 to 150 centimeters and a height
of 25 to 30 meters. In exceptional cases, it
reaches a height of 35 meters or more and a
diameter of 200 centimeters with a bole from
16 to 20 meters.
It is a tree that grows irregularly, short, crooked,
and has a fluted bole with thick, low, medium,
to moderately large buttresses.
Molave Tree
• Distribution
Molave is common both in secondary and open primary forests at low altitude
throughout the Philippines in all or most islands and provinces. Thus, these
forests are often called "molave forests".
• Contemporary use
Molave, being the hardest woods, is used in railroad ties, ship-building, wagon-
making, bridges, cabinets, novelties, agricultural implements, and high-grade
construction where strength and durability are required.
Molave Tree
• Traditional use
Its wood and bark have curative effects on wounds and
poisonous bites. The leaves are used to feed cattles, carabaos,
and goats, especially during the dry season when rangelands are
somewhat barren. Wood extract is considered a good remedy
for poisons, as a dose of it will induce vomiting. The extract can
also be used in treating diarrhea, jaundice, and dropsy.