Under the new Bill, Philippines students must plant at least ten tress if they want to get graduated from elementary school, high school and college.
This could result in 175 million trees being planted in one year. If executed properly Philippines will get 525 billion trees planted in a single generation.
On May 15, the Philippine Congress officially passed a Bill stating that all students from elementary school, high school, and college (roughly equivalent to primary school, secondary school and university) must plant at least 10 trees in order to graduate.
“With over 12 million students graduating from elementary and nearly five million students graduating from high school and almost 500,000 graduating from college each year, this initiative, if properly implemented, will ensure that at least 175 million new trees would be planted each year.”– said Gary Alejano, Principal Author of New Legislation.
Philippines is currently facing massive deforestation with the total forest cover having dropped from 70 per cent to 20 per cent during the 20th century, because of an increase in the illegal production and transport of timber in unauthorised areas.
“In the course of one generation, no less than 525 billion can be planted under this initiative”– -he said
“Even with a survival rate of only 10 per cent, this would mean an additional 525 million trees would be available for the youth to enjoy, when they assume the mantle of leadership in the future” — he added.
Indigenous species of tree will get preference and trees planted should be suitable to the location, climate and topography of the area.
The trees will be planted in existing forests, mangroves and some protected areas, as well as military ranges, abandoned mining sites and selected urban areas.