Planting 10 Trees as Requirement for Completion of Basic Education in Talks in Ph
The House of representatives passed groundbreaking bill requiring students to plant 10 trees if they want to graduate in elementary, high school and college.
The “Graduation Legacy for the Environment Act”, or House Bill 8728, was authored by MAGDALO Party-list Rep. Gary Alejano and Cavite 2nd District Representative Strike Revilla.
The bill seeks to address the deforestation issue that has been taking place in the country in the last four decades.
The initiative will happen thanks to a collaboration between the Departments of Education, Agriculture, and Environmental and Natural Resources, and the National Commission of Indigenous People.
These agencies will be responsible in preparing nurseries, seedlings and planting sites which will be at any protected areas, forestland and even abandoned areas and mine sites.
The country has lost 5 million hectares of natural forest from 1990 and continue to decrease.
Environmental problems has been a perennial difficulty not only in the country but in the whole world. Actions are definitely a must. If the agencies mentioned stay true to their core advocacy and vision, then there isn’t a reason for students, or the population to disagree.
indigenous(adj): (SYN) native
perennial(adj): counting or existing for a long time, or happening again and again
advocacy(n): public support for a course of action or way of doing things
Let’s talk with aimtalk teachers.
- What can you say about the bill being proposed? Do you think it will be effective?
- What do you think will be the disadvantages of the said policy? How can they make it better?
- What measures are being taken by your country to address deforestation? Have you ever participated in it?