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.