One tree per child policy proposed » Manila Bulletin News



By Charissa Luci-Atienza

A woman lawmaker has filed a bill that will require parents to plant one tree for every child born to them.

Masbate Rep. Elisa Kho said the responsibility of caring for the environment should be a shared responsibility of all, especially the family.

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“At the local level,  tree-planting should be promoted especially in the family.  As the family grows,  human activity increases.  With each child born to the family,  the child is a potential contributor to global warming, ” she said.

Under House Bill 5549 or the proposed Parent’s Tree Planting Act of 2017, the parents shall be required to plant a tree for each child born to their family.

The trees shall be planted within the premises of their family home.

“The tree planting activity involves the family as a partner in the solution of the global warming problem. It increases their awareness about climate change and the need to address the same as this has a direct effect on the future of the next generation, ” Kho said.

“It makes the basic social unit as an important and powerful agent of change against the threat of global warming, ” she stressed.

HB 5549 provides that each local government unit (LGU)  shall maintain a seedling bank and will serve as a ready source of tree seedlings to be provided to couples planting the tree.

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