The deforestation constitutes a major environmental, political and economic challenge for philippinesas in other Southeast Asian countries. According toUN, the country lost a third of its forests between 1990 and 2005 and today, alone 3,2% wet forests would be intact. The Philippine government has decided to act. A new law has been passed by legislators to impose a ecological project to students for obtaining their diploma : an initiative that must save the country from intensive deforestation in place for almost a century.
On May 15, the Philippine parliament approved a bill aimed at having students from primary school to university at least ten trees each in order to graduate. The law named "Graduation Legacy for the Environment Act"Should allow to replant a sacred pack of trees every year. An ambitious and vital project!
For Gary Alejano, co-author of the law, the calculation is simple: "These are more than 12 millions students who graduate each year from primary school toPhilippines. If we add 5000000 high school graduates and 500 000 from the university, we obtain a total of at least 175 million trees planted each year as part of this initiative."When he continues his calculations, the member believes that"not less than 525 billion trees will be planted in one gen-ra-tion“.
Thus, students will have to plant tree species adapted to their immediate environment and choose areas deemed appropriate by the regulations. For this, students will discuss with their teachers the type of tree to plant according to thelocation, of climate and some topography of the region. According to Gary Alejano, "the education system must be a central place for the spread of the idea of the sustainable and ethical use of natural resources.”
Imagined by: The Philippine government