DUMAGUETE CITY -- The 10 Million in 10 Years for a Greener Negros Movement, a massive forest restoration project in Negros Island, is making use of social media to monitor trees planted by its partners.

Popularly known as 10M in 10, the project aims to plant 10 million trees in 10 years on the island.

It is now on its second year and aims to plant is second millionth tree this year.

April Mamaril of the 10M in 10 Project Management Office said they were tapping social media to reach out to their partners to promote the project, saying social media was an “invaluable means to spread awareness” to help save the planet.

Together with their partners, 10M in 10 celebrated Earth Day recently by planting more than 1,000 fruit and native tree seedlings across the region.

They asked participants to post on social media the specific number of seedlings planted, its species and planting locations for easy monitoring.

Geothermal leader Energy Development Corporation is leading the movement and celebrated last December its first year anniversary with a ceremonial planting of the one-millionth tree in Negros Oriental.

Mamaril said they hope to find more committed partners in the forest restoration program which was also supported by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, local government units, schools, non-government organizations and the private sector.

Recently, the Central Philippine Adventist College had signed a partnership with 10M in 10 for a five-year commitment.

The EDC had also recently launched its "Binhi" (Seed) for the Future coffee table book in Dumaguete as part of the company’s efforts to protect and preserve the environment.

The book documents some eight years of actual search and rescue and research study of 96 native tree species across the Philippines that are on the verge of extinction, Mamaril said. (PNA)