16 May Congress Approves Bill Requiring Tree Planting To Students As Graduation Prerequisite
Mga higala! The House of Representatives has approved House Bill 8728, or the “Graduation Legacy for the Environment Act,” which requires students to plant trees as a prerequisite for graduation.
According to ABS-CBN News, this bill aims to require all graduating elementary, high school, and college students to plant at least 10 trees in order to graduate. It also stipulates that said trees should be planted in any of the following areas:
- forest lands,
- 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 trees to be planted should also be appropriate to the location, climate, and topography of the area, with preference for the planting of indigenous species of trees.
However, in order for this bill to progress, it still needs to be ratified and signed by the President.
What do you think of this higala? Do you support this bill?
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