Over the years, many organizations, groups, and movements have been making waves to protect the environment. There’s the Save the Turtles organization that protects sea turtles and their eggs from poachers, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) which aims to preserve wildlife and protect the environment, and Pure Oceans which is committed to finding a solution to plastic waste in the ocean, among others.
These organizations and groups, both old and new, have one goal in common: to take care of Mother Earth and its inhabitants. This is also what the two new bills being passed in Congress want to do. (Read: Prank No More: House Bill to Penalize Cancelled Food Delivery Orders)
House Bill 6930 and House Bill 6931 will require individuals to plant a tree for every childbirth and graduation from senior high school (SHS) or college, respectively. House Bill 6930, or the Family Tree Planting Act, received a vote of 222-0, while House Bill 6931 (or the Graduation Legacy Reforestation Act) got 224-0. Both bills passed on its third and final reading at the House of Representatives on Wednesday, August 26.
Family Tree Planting Act
The Family Tree Planting Act will require parents, whether they are married or not, to plant two trees for every childbirth in their backyard or in a designated area in their barangay. They will be required to plant the trees within 30 days after the child was born, as it will become a requirement for them to claim the newborn’s birth certificate. (Read: 3 Online Stores for Reusable Utensils, Cups, Straws)
Graduation Legacy Reforestation Act
The Graduation Legacy Reforestation Act, on the other hand, will be requiring graduating SHS and college students to plant two trees before their graduation. These plants will be placed in designated areas in their locality, with coordination with the schools, colleges, and universities. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be determining the planting sites and species of trees that will fit the climate, soil type, and location. (Watch: The Beginner’s Guide to Organic Gardening)
Both bills state that it would be preferred if indigenous species of trees are used for these initiatives.