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PH Law: Every Filipino is required to plant one tree each year

It is interesting to find out that not a lot of Filipinos know about this law. 

According to Section 8 of Republic Act No. 10176, otherwise known as the Arbor Day Act of 2012, “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? 

Arbor Day 2018 in Marinduque
Today, the 23rd day of June 2018, AGREA celebrates 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. 

Present during the tree-planting activity were Swedish Ambassador to the Philippines Harald Fries and his family, who arrived in Marinduque Friday afternoon

Swedish Ambassador Fries (L-most) planted this talisay tree and called it “Sweden”.

Also present were 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.

Youth leaders from Marinduque, Naga, and Mindoro gathered at the AGREA Estate Farm for this year’s National Arbor Day.

Arbor Day is Tree-planting and Environment Day
According to Merriam Webster, the word arbor in Arbor Day, means “tree” and was first used as a word in 1659.

The date of Arbor Day, or the community effort of planting trees and other environmental activities, varies around the world, depending on climate and the suitable planting season.

The first Arbor Day in the world was held in the small Spanish village of Villanueva de la Sierra, an initiative launched in 1805, by a local priest with the enthusiastic support of the entire population. In the US it originated in Nebraska City many years later in 1872.

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.

Most recently, it was 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. This revival institutionalized Arbor Day to be observed every June 25 throughout the nation.

AGREA held its first celebration of the National Arbor Day in Marinduque in June 2016. - The AGREA Team

24 comments (Add your own)

1. crisanto pelias wrote:
start emplement that law. Let us plant a tree today for our future generation

Sat, June 30, 2018 @ 3:14 PM

2. celia bondoc wrote:
lets do it.... impliment the law... or by schedule per place monitored by goverment..... zooning for evrything trees . .. animals house.. do not allow to use as housing.the rice. .field.... farm...

Mon, July 2, 2018 @ 11:10 AM

3. Yenverona wrote:
Please let it be implented, we'll be happy to plant trees! 😊

Mon, July 2, 2018 @ 4:12 PM

4. wrote:
planting trees must be accompanied by its care at least the first 2 years otherwise survival rates are very poor.

Mon, July 2, 2018 @ 6:51 PM

5. Lilia Bautista Lsmadrid wrote:
How do you track that every single filipino had planted a tree and is there a follow up if the tree is thriving , a year or 5 years or 10 years later ?
I’ve noticed a lot of officials and students planting trees, taking pictures, posting pictures at time of planting but nothing mentioned as to who is responsible for making sure those trees thrive so grown trees can do what they’re supposed to do for the environment.
Pls clarify if the care of trees post planting is included in the law .
Thank you

Wed, July 4, 2018 @ 4:02 AM

6. Anonymous wrote:
How can you expect some filipino's plant 1 trees a year which you need to buy, when they can't even put a plate on their table every single day.

Fri, July 6, 2018 @ 8:50 AM

7. Rezhene Madrinico wrote:
I want! How? I hope I can do it on my birthday July 21. Please let me know. Thank you so much!

Sat, July 7, 2018 @ 10:49 PM

8. hi blood wrote:
Another law to fail? 😢 We don't a law to plant trees, we need people who truly understands the value of a tree.

Sun, July 8, 2018 @ 8:44 AM

9. Lilia Bautista Lsmadrid wrote:
I hope the Dept of Agriculture reads these comments and do something about the readers suggestion/ comments/ questions .

Fri, July 20, 2018 @ 3:04 PM

10. Mondo Project One Shirt One Tree wrote:
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Wed, August 15, 2018 @ 2:57 AM

11. wrote:
Problema, yung iba, iba ang gustong itanim eh.

May tanim marijuana.

May tanim bala.

Yung iba, tanim galit.

Utang na loob na lang yata walang bunga eh.

Wed, August 15, 2018 @ 6:57 AM

12. Albert Belchez wrote:
It's about time to replenish our forest with new tress due to it's already in a critical condition. this law is not enough! we must implement it as soon as possible through proper implementation and monitoring. We from Cabuyao Organic Farmers Association and Palawan Organic Farming Society, we see to it that every member should spare time to plant trees every month. It is our advocacy. and to plant without using synthetic fertilizers and insecticides.

Wed, August 15, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

13. Jimmel Galzote wrote:
I am Supporting this tree Planting Program

Wed, August 15, 2018 @ 9:19 PM

14. John Thomas C wrote:
The Republic act link in the article as well as some search links could NOT be followed stating security problems. The following link works.
Many of the concerns from replies are covered in the actual Act.

Wed, August 15, 2018 @ 10:17 PM

15. Rizal Victoria wrote:
We planted 22,000 Trees from 2013-2016! Proud to initiate and push for d program. Farm is practically full now of Trees & Timber bamboos!

Thu, August 16, 2018 @ 6:16 AM

16. JUNE PEREZ wrote:

Thu, August 16, 2018 @ 7:51 AM

17. Ton wrote:
Think it is also very important to plant native trees and not just fast growing foreign trees for profit only.

Thu, August 16, 2018 @ 4:34 PM

18. Sam wrote:
Bullshit laws passed for International Environmental Compliance and publicity. This does nothing to help the environment and only channels funds into non-sense items in the revenue budget that eventually just makes it into politicians' pockets.

It doesn't have a penal provision or any semblance of implementation power written into it. Even it's Implementing Rules and Regulations lack teeth.

Thu, August 16, 2018 @ 4:59 PM

19. Franzes Francisco wrote:
Perhaps you can provide something like a gofundme or a way for some to give a certain amount corresponding to a tree being planted or organize activities and raise awareness of this law?

I know ignorance of the law excuses no one but perhaps some are willing but don't have any proper avenues to comply with it.


Fri, August 17, 2018 @ 3:45 AM

20. Sam wrote:
Section 10. Maintenance of Trees. – The barangay officials and deputized nongovernmental organizations shall be responsible for the maintenance of such trees.

Sat, August 18, 2018 @ 10:57 AM

21. Jay Russell Aranzado wrote:
I missed 6 plants already. I hope you can help me to plant these trees.

Sat, August 18, 2018 @ 1:46 PM

22. B. Tran wrote:
Saan itatanim? I noticed, sa PI nggayon, almost dikit dikit na ang houses. If there are 7 of you in the house, in 7 years you should have planted 49 trees in your yard. Eh Yong ibang yard, maliliit. At pano Yong mga nakatira sa mga high rise condo?

Sun, August 19, 2018 @ 11:45 PM

23. Myrrel wrote:
Hi guys! There's a 2 hectare land in olongapo that's bare and my friends and I are planning to do a tree planting for the whole lot, Would you know anyone who can sponsor it? Even if 1 plant at a time would really be appreciated. Thank you!! msg me here: 09157907975

Tue, August 21, 2018 @ 1:04 PM

24. Carmena wrote:
We do have care of Creation projects. We Send and financially support students to leadership or training seminars . The requirement is to plant trees in their school communities or in the forest reserves. These projects are based in Cebu and Negros Occidental.

Fri, August 31, 2018 @ 2:08 PM

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