DENR eyes record-breaking tree planting activity-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is set to mobilize 35,000 participants and volunteers in the Zamboanga Peninsula to join the Mindanao-wide simultaneous tree planting activity.
The DENR will spearhead the tree planting dubbed as "TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW" that seeks to break the Guinness World Records of India by planting 4.6 million trees in one hour on September 26 in six regions throughout Mindanao.
India, based on the Guinness World Records, has planted 1,945,535 trees in one hour in 408 locations across the country by 340,200 participants.
DENR Regional Director Arleigh Adorable has ordered his City Environment and Natural Resources Officers, and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers to make the necessary preparations for the activity.
The preparations include the following: mobilization of partners; registration of participants; social preparation; identification, selection and convening of validators; land preparation; as well as selection and procurement of seedlings, among others.
Adorable said the goal of his office is to plant 700,000 seedlings in 1,000 hectares in its various National Greening Program (NGP) sites by mobilizing 35,000 participants and volunteers that will also involve some 700 validators and independent witnesses from the academe and religious sector.
Adorable said that on top or within the NGP targets, other government agencies like Philippine Coconut Authority, Department of Agriculture, and local government units have also signified intention to join and projected to plant 167,500 seedlings in 335 hectares, bringing a total of 867,500 seedlings in 1,335 hectares.
In total, Adorable said the activity seeks to plant 4.6 million trees in six regions throughout Mindanao on September 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. About 244,444 individuals will participate in the activity to be done in 9,200 hectares.
Adorable directed the DENR's Regional Public Affairs Office to invite planters, who are 18 years old and above, to participate "in this biggest environmental event that could bring the Philippines into the Guinness World Records."
The Guinness World Records is the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement. It has published its first annual of record-breaking achievement in 1955 and has never looked back.
Today, the Guinness World Records book has sold over 130 million copies in more than a hundred different countries and has been translated into more than 25 languages across the globe.
Adorable said the local government and groups interested to participate in the activity are advised to register at TreeVolution Desk at the DENR office in their locality.