SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
26 August 2020 07:44:23 PM
Filipinos may soon take part in additional ways to promote and pursue environmental protection amid the COVID-19 pandemic as the House of Representatives approved on final reading Wednesday, House Bill 6930 or the “Family Tree Planting Act.” The bill, authored by Rep. Eric Olivarez (1st District, Parañaque City), was unanimously passed with 222 votes. The measure would require parents to plant two trees for every child born to them. Relatedly, House Bill 6931 or the “Graduation Legacy for Reforestation Act,” authored by Rep. Manuel Cabochan III (Party-list, MAGDALO), was also unanimously passed with 224 votes. It would require all graduating senior high school and college students to plant two trees each as a civic duty for environment protection and preservation. Meanwhile, the legislators unanimously passed, both with 226 votes, HB 7302, authored by Rep. Rozzano Rufino Biazon (Lone District, Muntinlipa City), rationalizing the disability pension of veterans, as well as HB 7320, authored by Rep. Michael Edgar Aglipay (Party-list, DIWA), requiring government agencies to indicate the blood type of individuals on their identification cards, certificates, and licenses. Deputy Speaker Michael Romero, Ph.D. presided over the session.