Eco-shop sells plant-able pencils

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 28, 2019   •   2232

Eco-shop, Eco Hub Cebu, sells pencils you can turn into plants.



Yes. According to Eco Hub Cebu, these pencils can become a symbol of sustainability. These pencils will be planted “when it is too short to write or color with. This gives it a new lease on life. Instead of being thrown away.”

These pencils do not contain lead and are 100% natural and non-toxic. The seeds used are non-GMO seeds. People can buy or order them online.

Eco Hub Cebu also provided a step-by-step guide on how to plant the seeds.

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House approves bill requiring planting of trees for issuance of building permits

Marje Pelayo   •   November 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives (HOR) on Tuesday evening (November 24) approved another bill mandating the planting of trees, this time as a requisite for the issuance of building permits.

With 238 affirmative votes and no negative vote House Bill 7763 was approved on third and final reading.

House Bill 7763 or ‘An Act Mandating the Submission of a Tree Planting Plan as a Requirement for the Application of Building Permits’ seeks to mitigate the effects of climate change and preserve the environment for present and future generations.

It also mandates the planting of trees for any construction of residential, commercial, industrial and public buildings.

The plan should specify a tree-planting site within a property and should contain information on the total area of the project, layout and the number of trees to be planted.

House Bill No. 7763 followed two other measures that require the planting of trees as a requirement in government transactions.

The other two measures were House Bill No. 6930 which mandates parents to plant two trees for every child born and House Bill No. 6931 which seeks to require students in the elementary to college levels of education to plant two trees in order to graduate.

Couple goals: Husband plants trees with wife to celebrate her 75th birthday

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 7, 2019

Jose Jr. surprised his wife Teresa with a tree planting activity for her 75th birthday. Despite the uphill climb, the couple successfully reached the top of the mountain, and proceeded with tree planting and nurturing.  (Courtesy: Masungi Georeserve)

The couple smiled triumphantly to the camera while showing the contribution they made to preserve the forest.

Jose Jr. surprised his wife, Teresa to a tree planting activity in Masungi Georeserve in Rizal to celebrate her 75th birthday last October.

Despite the steep and long travel, they were able to reach the top of the mountain, proving that love can really conquer mountains.

They were able to share their love for each other to the environment by doing their part to save it.

“They celebrated Teresa’s birthday by leaving a lasting legacy. Moments like this show that anyone, no matter what age, can contribute to the movement to restore our forests,” according to the post of Masungi Georeserve.—AAC

Deped opens Oplan Balik Eskwela

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 27, 2019

Education Secretary Leonor Briones

The Department of Education (Deped) kicked off its Oplan Balik Eskwela Command Center on Monday (May 27) to respond to queries about the school opening.

Deped has assigned personnel to receive calls, complaints, and concerns from parents and students.

Based on the Deped’s data, around 27.8 million students are enrolled in 60,000 public schools in the country. This is 2.95% higher compared to the number of students enrolled in school-year 2018-2019.

The education department has also partnered with other government agencies including the Department of Health (DOH), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The DPWH will aid in the construction of 80,000 wind and earthquake-proof school buildings.

Agnes Nofre visited Deped’s Command Center to ask for assistance regarding her situation. She plans to transfer her child, who is an incoming 4th-grade student, to a public school.

However, Agnes said they could not get her child’s credentials since they still have a pending balance of P30,000 in the said private school.

“Then ayaw din mag-accept ng promissory note iyong sa private na pinanggalingan namin, (The private school also does not want to accept our promissory note)” she said.

In response, Deped allowed her child to enroll while waiting for the credentials.

The hotline numbers are for the Command Center are: 636-1663, 635-9817, 638-7530, 633-1942, 638-8641, 638-7529 and 634-0222.


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