The Congress recently passed a bill requiring graduating college and high school students to plant two trees each. This noteworthy initiative deserves our support.
First of all, this tree-planting requirement can go a long way in addressing the problem of deforestation. According to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Philippines loses about 47,000 hectares of forest cover every year mainly due to logging activities and real estate development.
Apart from helping reverse deforestation, requiring graduating college and high school seniors to plant trees will also help instill in them a sense of environmentalism. This is in line with our national motto of being “Maka-Diyos, maka-tao, makakalikasan, makabansa” (“For God, for people, for nature, and for country”).
Given the bill’s importance, the Senate must now do its part and pass it as well so that it can be promptly forwarded to President Rodrido Duterte for his signature.