‘MAKAKALIKASAN PROGRAM’ | DepEd to reinforce environmental education urging students to plant trees

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FEBRUARY 19, 2019 — The Department of Education (DepEd) wants to integrate environmental education in the elementary and high school curriculum, in line with its Makakalikasan core value.

DepEd said the Makakalikasan program aims to educate students the importance of planting and conserving indigenous and endemic tree and plant species and their role in the ecosystem.

The program also aims to transform school campuses into gardens of medium-sized flowering and colorful native trees and plants with the revival of School Inside a Garden program and in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The DepEd has also initiated the Search for Campus Heritage Trees where schools are enjoined to identify and submit heritage trees found within their school campuses for inclusion in a nationwide inventory.

“The department is correcting earlier news items that erroneously mention the planting of heritage trees. Campus Heritage Trees are defined as native and endemic Philippine tree species that are living and healthy, found within school campuses and in their immediate surroundings; have a minimum girth of 100 cm; and have significant educational, social, cultural, historical, or aesthetic value,” the statement read.

DepEd added the Selected Campus Heritage Trees will be given tree markers, identifying them as such and will be provided protection against danger from damage and displacement due to construction and other related activities.

DepEd is also encouraging students all over the country to each plant one tree every year in schools, communities and other designated areas, such as watersheds.

“On top of these activities, schools are encouraged to participate in the annual A Million Tree Challenge spearheaded by the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) by planting trees in nearby watershed areas. The department has been supporting this program through tree-planting activities since 2017. This school year, a total of 500,000 trees have been pledged by the DepEd,” it added.