New Filipino Law Requires All Graduates To Plant 10 Trees

New Filipino Law Requires All Graduates to Plant 10 Trees

It is the policy of the State to pursue programs and projects that promote environmental protection, biodiversity, climate change mitigation, poverty reduction, and food security. To this end, the educational system shall be a locus for propagating ethical and sustainable use of natural resources among the young to ensure the cultivation of a socially-responsible and conscious citizenry.

The trees shall be planted in forest lands, mangrove and protected areas, ancestral domains, civil and military reservations, urban areas under the greening plan of the local government units, inactive and abandoned mine sites, and other suitable lands. The planted species of trees should be appropriate to the location, climate and topography of the area with preference for the planting of indigenous species.

To implement the provisions of the measure, the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) shall work in partnership with the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), among others.

The agencies shall be responsible for nursery establishment, seedling production and site preparation, monitoring and evaluation, and technical support and extension services. They must also provide security, transportation, fire protection amenities, and medical support.

Read the House Bill here.

Source: Republic of Philippines