New Bill Requires Every New – Born Child’s Parents To Plant Trees - The Daily Sentry

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New Bill Requires Every New – Born Child’s Parents To Plant Trees



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"Deforestation has been identified as one of the causes of flash floods associated with climate change and global warming, which has become a global concern, as more countries are beginning to experience climate change and its negative effects. 

In the past three years, typhoons Ondoy, Pepeng, Pedring, and Sendong resulted to wide spread flash floods due to our denuded forest and water reservoirs.


Flash floods claimed thousand of lives, left numerous families devastated, and sent small and medium scale businesses in the affected areas reeling in the ground” – former Parañaque 1st District Representative Hon. Edwin Olivarez on filing House Bill 6087 known as the "Family Tree Planting Act of 2012,"

House Bill No. 8727 known as “An Act Requiring Parents to plant two trees for every child born to them, and for other purposes” is finally getting closer to becoming a law.
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The said bill was approved on 2nd reading during a plenary session held Wednesday, December 12, 2018 and is scheduled for approval of the 3rd reading as House sessions resumes next year.

The House Bill 8727 provides that the planting of trees will be a mandatory requirement that parents must comply in order to secure the release of the birth certificate of a child born, was authored by Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) Tarlac Representative Noel Villanueva and Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP – Laban) Compostela Valley Representative Carmen Zamora.

Villanueva, who also chairs the House Special Committee on Reforestation said the bill is particularly aimed at making certain the protection and preservation of the natural environment and progressing the people’s right to a balanced and health ecology.

Under the bill, every couple residing in the Philippines, whether legally married or not shall be required to plant one seedling for every child born to them.
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The seedling shall be planted within the premises of their own home or in an area to be designated by the barangay council where they reside.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is tasked to APPROVE the identified sites for planting or in the areas to be designated by the Provincial Environmental and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) or Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENTRO) where the child’s parents reside.

The House Bill also provides that planted species should be suitable for the location, climate and surface features of the land area.

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office of the DENR and the Department of Agriculture is also directed by the bill to maintain a seeding bank that should serve as a supply bunker of the seedlings needed to be provided to the child’s parents.

“Strict” compliance to the provision of the measure will be certified by the city or municipal local civil registry where the child’s birthplace will be registered, according to Villanueva.

Meanwhile, the issuance of an affidavit of compliance which is a pre – requisite to the civil registrar’s office shall be attested by the “punong barangay” of the community where the child’s parents reside.

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Source: Manila Bulletin