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Graduation Legacy: A House Bill requires all graduating students to plant 10 trees before graduation

  • A bill requires students to plants trees as a prerequisite for graduation
  • Students are said to plant trees in many areas in their locations
  • Netizens also showed their support on social media for its implementation

Trees are important to the environment, especially in our current situation where we experience the effect of global warming. Our country’s industrial and infrastructure developments are continuously improving, and some of our trees had been cut down to build some buildings.

Recently, the House of Representatives has approved, on its third and final reading, a bill requiring students to plants trees as a prerequisite for graduation.

This House Bill is called “Graduation Legacy for the Environment Act.” House Bill 8728 aims to require all graduating students from elementary to college to plant at least 10 trees as a prerequisite for graduation.

Students are said to plant trees in any of the following areas: forest land, 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.

Students should also consider the location, climate, and topography of the area, with a preference for the planting of indigenous species of trees in choosing the appropriate plant to be planted.

The bill is authored by Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, along with Deputy Minority Leader Joseph Stephen Paduano, Reps. Strike Revilla (2nd District, Cavite), Noel Villanueva (3rd District, Tarlac), Mark Go (Lone District, Baguio City), and Pablo Ortega (1st District, La Union), among others.

Netizens also showed their support on social media for its implementation.

House Bill 8728 also mandates the different government agencies to take part, which includes the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education to implement the Act, in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Budget and Management, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Health, Department of Transportation and Communications, Department of National Defense, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Justice, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation.

Before it will be submitted to the President to be signed into law, the Senate must pass its own version of the bill before chambers meet in a bicameral conference committee to ratify the legislation.

Written by Rhelyn Harder

An open-minded person who seeks to inspire readers through writing. She believes that having the freedom and courage to express oneself is an opportunity to influence others.

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