New Law in Philippines is Passed, Saying That Every Student Who Wants To Graduate Should Plant 10 Trees

Lawmakers hope the new law will help combat global climate change and help keep alive the age-old tradition of planting trees before graduation.
With the very real threat of climate change upon us, many countries across the globe are finally waking up to the urgent need for action. While there are a number of factors contributing to the declining state of our environment, one of the most serious ones of the lot is deforestation. Keeping this in mind, the Philippines has now introduced a new law which makes it mandatory for students to plant at least 10 trees before they can graduate. While planting trees before graduation is an old tradition in the country, the government has now made it a formal requirement in the hopes of combating global climate change through the age-old practice.
New Law in Philippines is Passed, Saying That Every Student Who Wants To Graduate Should Plant 10 Trees
According to CNN Philipinnes, the bill approved by the House of Representatives earlier this month makes it compulsory for all students graduating elementary, high school, and college to plant a minimum of 10 trees in order to graduate. The new legislation which has been named the "Graduation Legacy for the Environment Act," was principally authored by MAGDALO Party-list Rep. Gary Alejano and Cavite 2nd District Representative Strike Revilla. Alejano stated that the initiative would lead to at least 525 billion trees being planted in the course of a single generation.
New Law in Philippines is Passed, Saying That Every Student Who Wants To Graduate Should Plant 10 Trees

"With over 12 million students graduating from elementary and nearly five million students graduating from high school and almost 500,000 graduating from college each year, this initiative, if properly implemented, will ensure that at least 175 million new trees would be planted each year. In the course of one generation, no less than 525 billion can be planted under this initiative. Even with a survival rate of only 10 percent, this would mean an additional 525 million trees would be available for the youth to enjoy when they assume the mantle of leadership in the future," he stated in the bill's explanatory note.
New Law in Philippines is Passed, Saying That Every Student Who Wants To Graduate Should Plant 10 Trees

Apart from making sure that they plant at least 10 trees before their graduation, students also have to keep in mind certain details about the kind of tree they pick, as well as, the location they plan to grow it in. Forest lands, mangrove and protected areas, ancestral domains, urban areas under the greening plan of the local government units, civil and military reservations, inactive and abandoned mine sites, and other such suitable areas are viable locations for planting the trees. As for the tree being planted, they must be suitable for the location, climate, and topography of the chosen area, although special preference will be given to indigenous tree species.
New Law in Philippines is Passed, Saying That Every Student Who Wants To Graduate Should Plant 10 Trees

The Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education will partner with the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, and other government agencies to implement the bill. These agencies will be in charge of nursery establishment, preparing the site and seedling production, and monitoring and evaluating the process. They will also be responsible for technical support and extension services, as well as providing security, transportation, fire protection, and medical support facilities.
New Law in Philippines is Passed, Saying That Every Student Who Wants To Graduate Should Plant 10 Trees

The "Graduation Legacy for the Environment Act" is without a doubt a positive step forward for the country and it couldn't come sooner. According to the Independent, the Philippines is one of the most severely deforested countries in the world. In the 20th century alone, the forest cover has dropped from 70 percent to a shocking 20 percent. With illegal logging continuing to be a major problem in the country, and a higher risk of floods and landslides due to the lack of trees, the introduction of the bill is the country's best hope. Netizens are all for the new bill as social media platforms like Twitter are flooded with positive reactions to the promising news.
New Law in Philippines is Passed, Saying That Every Student Who Wants To Graduate Should Plant 10 Trees

New Law in Philippines is Passed, Saying That Every Student Who Wants To Graduate Should Plant 10 Trees

New Law in Philippines is Passed, Saying That Every Student Who Wants To Graduate Should Plant 10 Trees