New Philippines Law Requires All Graduate Students from High School to Plant ‘Ten Trees’ Each

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Published by Neetu Panwar on 30 May 2019

In the period of 1990 to 2005, the Philippines lost 32.3 percent of its forest cover. In the country, there is a huge problem of illegal logging. Now, the Philippines House of Representatives has passed a new law in order to deal with this problem in the country. As per the bill, the students must plant 10 trees each before finishing their graduation. The two representatives Gary Alejano and Strike Revilla have proposed the House Bill 8728, or the ‘Graduation Legacy for the Environment Act’.

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In the current era, educational institutions are the major platforms that will shape the minds of youngsters. Through the colleges, the students will transform into responsible citizens. With an intention to secure the environment, one of the schools from Guwahati accepted plastic waste as school fees.

Now, the Philippines have passed a compulsory rule that all the students from the schools and colleges should plant 10 trees each prior to their graduation. As per the latest report, ‘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.’

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Every year, more than 12 million students from elementary schools and colleges will be coming out. If each student follows this law properly then, we can witness more than 175 million new trees planted in the country every year. The Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education has decided to make each and every student from different schools and colleges follow this law.

They will also take care that the local varieties of trees will be planted in precise locations all over the country after checking the climatic as well as the soil conditions. As per the latest rule, the trees should be situated in different locations such as forests, ancestral domains, urban areas, mangroves, and protected areas, civil and military reservations, inactive and abandoned mine sites and other suitable lands. We hope the same rule and law will be passed in India so as to protect our environment.

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