TreeVolution

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Calls to participate in Mindanao's attempt to break the Guinness world record for the most number of trees planted in an hour at multiple sites aim to become viral as online registration opens to interested participants across the island-region.

The world record attempt, which will happen on September 26, aims to plant 4,636,000 trees at various sites covering a total area of 9,200 hectares within Mindanao.

Dubbed as"TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW," the world record attempt is being co-organized by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The activity is designed to encourage massive participation by various stakeholders and sectors in efforts to hit the Mindanao target for the National Greening Program (NGP). It is also part of the long-term campaign by DENR and MinDA's MindaNOW! Program to instill among Mindanawons the consciousness of a sustainable management of environment and natural resources as part of the larger efforts for climate change adaptation.

"Interested volunteer planters may participate as a group or individual planters, while others can register their area as a planting site," said Janet Lopoz, MinDA's executive director.

Those who wish to participate as an individual planter may visit http://goo.gl/St8w2k, while those who want to register their area as a planting site may check http://goo.gl/eyXBQV for further information.

She added that MinDA and DENR are also urging Mindanawons to become a sponsor for the event, while others can become volunteer witnesses or stewards.

Prospective volunteers or stewards may visit http://goo.gl/HI4iHR, while those who wish to become sponsors may visit http://goo.gl/jANVUl for details.

Lopoz also urged interested participants to visit the event's official Facebook page or write #treevolution in the search section of their Facebook accounts to get the full details of the online registration process.

The event's Facebook account address is https://www.facebook.com/MindanaoTreevolution.

India broke the world record for the most number of trees planted simultaneously at multiple locations on August 15, 2011 which succeeded in planting of 1,945,535 trees across 408 locations. The world record was carried out by 340,200 participants.

The Philippines on the other hand holds a world record for most trees planted simultaneously at a single site. The world record was achieved in Camarines Sur on February 23, 2011 which was carried out by 6,893 participants who took part in planting 64,096 trees at a 32-hectare site.

"We encourage everyone to coordinate with their nearest Provincial or Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (P/CENRO) for the details of this event," said Joselin Marcus Fragada, DENR XI regional director.

He added that the closing of registration is on September 10, and urged interested participants to register prior to the set deadline.

"Let us show the world that we Mindanawons can unite not just in breaking a world record, but in ensuring the greening of Mindanao as well," said Fragada.

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