The government will now be obliging persons or entities owning PUVs to plant trees prior to being granted renewal of their respective franchises.
Effective December 1, a memorandum from the Land (LTFRB) will require an applicant to plant one tree for each PUV being franchised.
Transportation Sec. Arthur Tugade, who is a native of Cagayan province, said there is an urgent need to plant trees to mitigate the adverse impact of natural calamities, such as Typhoon Ulysses which submerged huge portions of Cagayan Valley.
Franchise applicants should include a certificate of compliance from their local government units to their respective applications. Failure to do so will mean the rejection of their application.
However, the LTFRB failed to specify exactly what kind of trees are to be planted, where these are to be planted and where to source the seedlings.