Law in PH requires all Filipinos to plant one tree each year - The Daily Sentry

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Law in PH requires all Filipinos to plant one tree each year

Photo credit: AGREA
Not known to many Filipinos, the law requires each of them to plant one tree every yeqar, as shared by AGREA.

The policy is pursuant to Section 8 of Republic Act No. 10176, otherwise known as the Arbor Day Act of 2012, which provides that “All able-bodied citizens of the Philippines, who are at least twelve (12) years of age, shall be required to plant one (1) tree every year.” 

"Now, how many trees have you missed planting since you were 12 years old?"

In June 23, 2018, AGREA, which brands itself as a business founded on fair-trade and sustainable agriculture celebrated  National Arbor Day 2018 by planting more than one hundred indigenous talisay, mulberry, and kakawate trees, and gathered local, regional, national, and international tree-planting volunteers at the AGREA Estate Farm in Barangay Cawit, Boac, Marinduque.

Swedish Ambassador to the Philippines Harald Fries and his family,  were present in the event.
Swedish Ambassador Fries (L-most) planted this talisay tree and called it “Sweden”, photo from AGREA
TESDA scholars from the AGREA Farm School, Agriculture Engineering students from the Visayas State University of Leyte, Environmental Science students and well as educators from the Marinduque State College, members of Youth for Christ, and volunteers from AFS Germany, among many others were also seen in the event.
Youth leaders from Marinduque, Naga, and Mindoro gathered at the AGREA Estate Farm for this year’s National Arbor Day, photo from AGREA
"Arbor" literally translates to "tree".

In the Philippines, Arbor Day was declared through Proclamation No. 30 by former President Manuel Roxas in 1947, to be held every second Saturday of September of each year in schools and communities, and was recently revived through Republic Act 10176 or the Arbor Day Act of 2012 when then President Benigno Aquino III signed into law a bill reviving tree-planting day as yearly event for local government units.

Since then, June 25 is observed as the Arbor Day.