House approves bill mandating graduating students to plant 10 trees before graduation

The House of Representatives (HOR) approved on third and final reading a bill mandating all graduating students to plant at least 10 trees each as a prerequisite for graduation.

House Bill 8728 or the "Graduation Legacy for the Environment Act" is principally authored by Reps. Gary Alejano (Party-list, MAGDALO) and Strike Revilla (2nd District, Cavite).


The objective of this bill is to require all graduating elementary, high school, and college students to plant at least ten (10) trees each as a prerequisite for graduation in order to promote and pursue environmental protection, biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation for poverty reduction and food security.

The trees to be planted shall b located in forestlands, 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.

The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) shall work in partnership with the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), among others to implement the provisions of the measure.

SOURCE: [House of Representatives]

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