TANAUAN CITY, Batangas -- A councilor in Tanauan City, Batangas on Wednesday proposed an ordinance that aims to prevent the worsening effects of global warming in the country.
According to the Tree for Every Newborn Baby Ordinance of 2014, parents will be required to plant a tree for every new baby born.
The baby's birth certificate will not be released unless parents show proof that they have planted a fruit-bearing tree.
The trees can be planted in the family's backyard, or in designated areas in every barangay, in case the parents are not residents of Tanauan City.
The trees will also be named after the newborn baby.
The city will monitor the progress of the trees planted. Parents are also required to take care of the trees as their child grows older.
The seedlings to be planted will be given for free and will come from the city's demo farm.
The proposal was filed by Councilor Joseph Castillo of the Committee on Environment.
Castillo said the proposed ordinance is also in accordance with President Benigno Aquino III's greening project. -- report from Ernie Manio, ABS-CBN News Southern Tagalog