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Solon desires that one of the graduation requirements include planting trees.

A Senate bill would require all graduating students to plant at least 10 trees in order to graduate and contribute to environmental preservation.

Sen. Bong Revilla’s Senate Bill No. 1538, known as the Graduation Legacy for the Environment Act, calls for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to oversee all graduating public school students from kindergarten through college (DENR).

The action will help the National Greening Program (NGP) government and guarantee that Filipino students will become civically responsible.

The proposal is comparable to Presidential Decree No. 1153 of President Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr., issued in 1977, which compelled individuals who are physically capable and at least 10 years old to plant one tree each month for five consecutive years.

Any forestlands, mangrove forests, protected areas, ancestral domains, civil and military reservations, urban areas covered by local government units’ greening plans, inactive and abandoned mine sites, and other eligible lands must be planted with trees under Revilla’s bill.

Private institutions will implement the same program under encouragement.

In collaboration with the DENR, local government entities, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Agrarian Reform, the Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education will oversee the implementation.

The agencies will determine the site’s location and preparation, monitor, assess, and provide technical support, as well as provide access to roads and trails leading to the planting sites, certified seeds, and agronomic crops.

The money will be provided by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation.

The NGP aims to contribute to the reduction of poverty among low-income households in the uplands and the lowlands, among indigenous peoples, and in coastal and urban areas; to implement sustainable management of natural resources through resource conservation, protection, and productivity enhancement; to raise public awareness of the importance of forests and watersheds, and to strengthen the formation of positive values among youth and other partners through shared experiences.

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