Earth Day Fun Fact: Law requires Filipinos 12 and up to plant trees

by Echo Store on April 22, 2018

Did you know that all Filipinos aged 12 and above are required to plant at least one tree every year?

The Arbor Day Act of 2012 or Republic Act 10176 mandates all local government units (LGUs) to declare an Arbor Day Celebration, a tree-planting yearly event. And section 8 of the law specifies that “all able-bodied citizens of the Philippines who are at least 12 years of age, shall be required to plant one tree every year.”

Arbor Day, which comes from the Latin word “arbor” for trees, was initiated by a local priest in the small Spanish village of Villanueva de la Sierra in 1805. Since then, Arbor Day has spread across the globe.

But you don’t have to wait for Arbor Day on June 25 to get started. As the world celebrates Earth Day today, one of the ways to care for the environment is planting your own food at home.

Growing your garden is not only good for your health but the environment as well. Having your own garden can reduce carbon dioxide or CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. This reduces carbon footprint because food doesn’t have to travel for miles from the farm to your kitchen.

For beginners, the Sow & Gro kit has everything you need to get started. The box contains a coconut husk pot, plant marker, quick start guide, a packet of plant seeds, a pack organic fertilizer, and pack fertilizer-infused starting compost. With this kit, you can start planting organic vegetables like lettuce and eggplant, and herbs such as basil and cilantro.

Also available at are garden kits that allow you to grow your own pizza garden, salsa garden, herb garden, salad garden, and flower garden at home. The kit contains 4 coconut husk pots, 4 plant markers, 1 quick start guide, 4 packets of plant seeds, 1 box plant food, 4 packs fertilizer-infused starting compost.

Be a law-abiding citizen and protect the environment by planting trees and growing your own vegetable garden at home.