Lawmaker wants to require those implementing housing projects to provide spaces for tree planting » Manila Bulletin News



By Charissa Luci-Atienza 

Bohol Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado wants to require subdivision and condominium owners or developers, and local government units (LGUs) implementing their respective housing projects, to provide spaces for tree planting within their respective project sites.

Bohol Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado

He said his proposal seeks to sustain the impact and significance of the National Greening Program (NGP) implemented during the leadership of former President Benigno Aquino III in response to worldwide concern on global warning. On Feb. 24, 2011, Mr. Aquino issued Executive Order 26 to launch the NGP to pave the way for the planting of 1.5-billion trees in 1.5-million hectares from 2011 to 2016.

“This bill aims to reduce air pollution, particularly in Metro Manila and other urban areas, as a result of rapid urbanization,” Aumentado said.

“The tree planting program is intended to help curtail the impact of global warming, prevent irreparable damage to the environment, increase biodiversity and the general sense of well-being of the people,” he said.

Aumentado filed House Bill 6098 or the proposed Subdivision and Condominium Tree Planting Act to mandate the subdivision and condominium owners or developers, and LGUs to provide open spaces within their project sites and implement a sustainable tree-planting development program.

Violators of the proposed Act shall be slapped with a penalty of fine ranging from P500,000 to P1 million or imprisonment of six months to two years, or both at the discretion of the court.

The bill tasks the secretaries of the Environment and Natural Resources and of Interior and Local Government to issue the necessary rules and regulations for the effective implementation of the proposed Act.

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