One of the country’s biggest issue is illegal logging. It has historically been discussed about, and findings says that 32.3 percent of the country’s forest was lost.
The Philippine House of Representatives has now put forward a new way of dealing with the problem: a bill that requires students to plant 10 trees each before they graduate.
House Bill 8728, or the ‘Graduation Legacy for the Environment Act,’ has been proposed by two representatives, Gary Alejano and Strike Revilla.
The bill is now to be passed on to the Senate for approval.
“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,” Alejano explained in the bill’s explanatory note, as reported by CNN Philippines.
“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.”
Elementary, high school and college students are to be required to plant at least 10 trees. It is clear that the Philippines is taking a huge step forward to deal with its tree problems.