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

Marje Pelayo   •   November 25, 2020   •   627

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

Eco-shop sells plant-able pencils

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 28, 2019

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

What!?

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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 okays bill requiring students to plant 10 trees before graduation

Marje Pelayo   •   May 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives (HOR) approved on third and final reading a measure that requires all graduating students to plant 10 trees each as a prerequisite for graduation.

House Bill 8728 or the “Graduation Legacy for the Environment Act” aims to move the youth into action to “promote environmental protection, biodiversity, climate change mitigation, poverty reduction, and food security,” according to the bill’s authors Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano and Bacoor, Cavite Rep. Strike Revilla.

The bill enumerates areas where the tree planting would be executed.

These include forestlands, mangrove and protected areas, ancestral domains, inactive and abandoned mine sites, among other suitable areas.

Concerned agencies shall be the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in cooperation 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.

The agencies shall be responsible in seedling production, site preparation, nursery establishment, monitoring and evaluation, as well as technical support and extension services.

They should also provide for the students’ transportation, security and medical needs on the course of the tree planting activity.

The bill is now for transmission to the Senate for action. – Marje Pelayo

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