PSA: Tree Planting Now a Requirement for Transport Franchise Applicants

After the recent typhoons and floods that have destroyed many homes and infrastructures in the Philippines, the government is looking into preventive measures for the future. One of these includes mandatory tree planting.

According to a statement by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)—specifically Memorandum Circular 2020-076—franchise applicants would need to plant trees as part of their application process. Through this, the LTFRB targets to plant at least 50,000 trees.

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The LTFRB also added that those who are applying for a new Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC), which has at least 10 units, need to plant at least one tree for each unit they apply for. In turn, corporations and cooperatives who are applying for an extension of validity for their CPC will need to plant one tree for each unit that they’re applying for.

This mandatory tree planning measure will be implemented starting December 1, 2020. The policy was first suggested on Tuesday by Malacanang, since deforestation was considered a factor for the floods caused by typhoons like the recent Typhoon Ulysses.

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