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National Tree Planting Day

The Environment Online (ENO) is a global virtual school and network for sustainable development. Since the launching in 2000, more than 10,000 schools in 157 countries have joined ENO and have made concrete actions for the environment, such as planting trees.

This year, 2013, the ENO through the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines invites the country to join the A Global Call to Celebrate UN Peace Day, Now 10th Time.

The theme for the celebration is "Education for Peace". The United Nations (UN) will examine the role of education in fostering global citizenship. Teaching children how to read, write and count is not enough. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the morale with which the people lives, and has to help citizens forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies.

As a highlight of the celebration, the National Tree Planting Day: Education for Peace that will involve students, teachers and non-teaching personnel at the schools, regional and division offices, shall be conducted on September 20, 2013. This activity is also in support to Executive Order No. 26, otherwise known as the National Greening Program (NGP).

All regional and division NGP coordinators are enjoined to coordinate with the Local Environment and Natural Resources Offices and/or Agricultural Offices for the provision of seedlings/saplings and guidance to designated planting sites in the area.

Enclosed are the Guidelines for the Tree Planting Activity and the forms that will be accomplished for submission to the regional office, copy furnished the Health and Nutrition Center, 4th Floor Dorm E, DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City.

Guidelines on the National Tree Planting

1. Who will be involved?

All public elementary and secondary students, teachers (including ALS mobile teachers) and non-teaching personnel and officials at the regional and division offices are enjoined to participate in this one-day activity.

Only Grades V and VI and high school students shall be involved in the tree planting. It is emphasized that a parental consent shall be secured by each student before joining the activity.

2. Who will provide the planting materials?
  • Seedlings/ saplings may be requested at the DENR, DA, & DAR local offices as part of the Covergence Initiative on NGP (Sec. 3.3.8 DENR Memo Circular No. 2011-01)
  • The schools shall conduct an inventory of seedlings available in their nurseries to complement the seedlings provided by the local offices.
3. Where to plant trees?

Tree planting shall be done in areas identified by LGUs/ PENRO / CENRO such as urban parks, open spaces, school sites, roadsides, rivers and stream banks and other suitable areas, among others, consistent with their respective greening plans. (Sec. 4,4,2 DENR Memo Circular No. 2011-01)

4. How many trees each participant should plant?

Students and government officials are mandated to plant at least 10 trees per year pursuant to EO 26, s. 2011.

5. When to submit the report of accomplishments?

Schools and offices are expected to submit a report using the attached form (Download DepEd National Tree Planting Day Accomplishment Form) prescribed by the DENR for all government tree planting activities. Accomplishment reports shall be submitted to the Health and Nutrition Center, NGP Secretariat, 4/F Dorm E, DepED Complex, Pasig City on or before October 11, 2013 through email at hnc_oad13@yahoo.com.ph or fax at 637-5504.
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1 ma. melissa joy g. ariston   (25 September 2013 6:14 PM)
we did plant trees in our own school last September 20, 2013