STATEMENT from Secretary Luwalhati Antonino,
Chair of the Mindanao Development Authority on
Guinness World Record for the Most Tress Planted Simultaneously (Multiple Locations)
February 23, 2013

We are happy to announce that Mindanao, Philippines has officially set a new Guinness World Record for the most trees planted simultaneously at multiple locations through TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW, held on September 26, 2014.

The new world record achieved the planting of 2,294,629 trees, carried out by 122,168 volunteers at 29 locations across Mindanao, Philippines.

This is a huge feat for all Mindanawons, especially the volunteers and partners, particularly the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) who showed overwhelming support in successful conduct of TreeVolution.

We express our heartfelt gratitude to all those who participated in the event. Their involvement has made this historic event even more meaningful.

Due to the stringent verification process of the Guinness committee, only 2,294,629 out of the 4 million trees planted were officially tallied, exceeding the previous record of India by more than 300,000 trees.

More importantly, this official number from Guinness does not in any way reduce the long-term impacts of the actual 4 million trees planted in over 7,800 hectares of land all over Mindanao.

The 4 million seedlings planted add 1 percent to Mindanao's target forest cover by 2016. These trees, once fully mature can supply oxygen to around 16 million people daily, or 75 percent of the total Mindanao population. There's also no doubt on how the seedlings we planted could eventually minimize the impacts of climate change.

While breaking a world record was a recognized motivating factor for the event, it has been amply emphasized that the success of the TreeVolution goes beyond the Guinness World Record.

TreeVolution has showed one overwhelming reaffirmation – that Mindanawons can unite for a common good, and that, we, Mindanawons, can truly become one for the environment.

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