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Itogon councilors require couples securing marriage license to plant trees

Jul 29, 2015 @ 7:06

‘Want to get married? Plant a tree.

This is, in essence, what two municipal councilors in Itogon, Benguet require would-be couples to do before applying for a marriage license.

Councilors Annie Galiega and Arnel Bahingawan have filed proposed Ordinance No. 50 making tree-planting a requirement for couples wanting to get married.

In filing the proposed ordinance, Galiega pointed out that this tree-planting requirement will surely go a long way in replenishing the declining number of trees in Itogon, a mining town located in the southern portion of Benguet.

“Instilling  awareness among couples the concept of balanced ecology with a shared responsibility in caring for the environment is the essence of this measure,” the town councilor said.

Under the proposal, would-be married couples  are required to plant at least five seedlings of trees either in idle or vacant lots, public parks, private lands, their own backyard or anywhere near their residence.

The couples could get the tree seedlings from their barangays, Municipal Agriculture Office, or from the local offices Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Cordillera Autonomous Region (DENR-CAR) or the Department of Agriculture (DA).

After planting the seedlings, the barangay captain or the Sangguniang Barangay chairman on committee on environment will then issue certificate of compliance which will be submitted to the Office of the Civil Registrar along with other requirements for the release or issuance of marriage license.

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