In an effort to support the government’s initiatives towards reforestation, Philippine senator Manuel “Lito” Lapid has created a bill that will see companies engaged in the sale of motor vehicles needing to plant at least 10 trees for every sale.
Senate Bill 1938 mandates that the trees be planted within six months following the sale, which would be reflected in the receipt given to the buyer.
“Motor vehicles,” in the context of the bill, pertain to any four-wheeled vehicle capable of carrying passengers, such as but not limited to, Asian Utility Vehicles (AUVs), convertibles, coupes, pickups, sedans, Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs), station wagons, and vans.
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The politician relates the issue of air pollution and environmental degradation to the carbon emission produced by motor vehicles—an issue that is said to primarily begin with the sellers themselves; thus, enforcing a measure to them that will significantly mitigate the impact of their business.
Lapid cites the three major storms that entered the country—“Quinta,” “Rolly,” and “Ulysses”—in a span of almost a month and their severe repercussions as a quintessential example of what happens when we have denuded forests.