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Without Planting Ten Trees Students Can Not Take Graduation Certificates

Author : OdishaTodayBureau | Posted on: 2019-05-30

The Philippines has taken its tradition of planting a tree on graduation day as a ceremonious gesture a bit more seriously. The island country passed a new law under which every student has to mandatorily plant at least 10 trees in order to get their graduation degree. The rule, if implemented properly, will ensure that over 175 million trees will be planted every year.


 

The move came in to being as a preventive measure by the Philippines government as the country’s total forest cover has been reduced to 20 per cent from 70 per cent due to heavy deforestation. The country aims to plant, nourish and grow over 175 million trees a year, under the law.


 


Between 1990 and 2005, the Philippines lost 32.3 percent of its forest cover and now the country is making effort to regain its ecosystem by to normal.

 

The bill known as ‘Graduation Legacy for the Environment Act’ has been unanimously passed by the House of Representatives, Philippines. The law will be applicable for college, elementary, and high school students as well.

 

Under the bill, the law will be implemented jointly by the country’s Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education (DENR) along with Department of the Agriculture Department of Agrarian Reform and National Commission on indigenous people.


 

The areas have been already decided by the government, where these trees will be planted. The selected areas include mangrove forests, ancestral domains, military reservations and urban area under greening plans.

 

The local government agencies will be responsible for the monitoring of the plant and even provide nursery, care, security, fire and amenities protection as well as medical support to ensure that the plants sustain, reports given by the international media.


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