DENR-9 leads ‘TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW’ in WM PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2014 14:35

Environment and Natural Resources Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable convened his field officials recently at the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Zamboanga Sibugay to realize its commitment to participate in a Mindanao wide simultaneous tree planting  activity spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) dubbed as TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW in an attempt to break the Guinness World Records of India.

Said activity seeks to plant 4.6 million trees in six regions throughout Mindanao on September 26, 2014 from 8:30 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. by 244,444 participants in 9,200 hectares.  Based on the calculations of DENR, 500 seedlings can be planted in one hectare or 20 seedlings per participant.

This ambitious one-hour tree planting activity will unite Mindanaoans to break the Guinness World Records (GWR) of India which planted 1,945,535 trees for one hour in 408 locations across India by 340,200 participants.

According to Adorable, Zamboanga Peninsula Region has targeted to plant 700,000 seedlings in 1,000 hectares in its various National Greening Program (NGP) sites and will mobilize 35,000 participants/volunteersthat will involvesome 700 validators and independent witnesses coming from the academic institutions and religious sector. On top or within the NGP targets, other government agencies like Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Department of Agriculture (DA) and Local Government Units (LGUs) have also signified their intention to join and projected that they will plant 167,500 seedlings in 335 hectares bringing a total of 867,500 seedlings in 1,335 hectares.

Adorable has instructed his four PENROs and ten Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENROs) to make some important preparations such as mobilization of partners;  registration of participants; social preparation;  identification, selection and convening of validators; land preparation; selection and procurement of seedlings, among others. Said officials as well as the Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO)    were also directed   to make the widest dissemination of information inviting planters who are 18 years old and above  to participate in this biggestenvironmental event  that could bring the Philippines into the Guinness  World Records - the official reference and ultimate authority for world records and  have been recording the world’s  achievements since 1955  wherein copies are  distributed in more than 100 countries and translated into 20 languages.

Local Government Units and interested group participants shall register at TreeVolution DESK in every DENR Regional Office/PENRO/CENR Offices or TreeVolution:  Greening MindaNOW Facebook page, RD Adorable said.

TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW is inviting sponsors to support this event by  contributing food (water, coffee, drinks, snacks or breakfast for planters); wristbands; transportation vehicles to mobilize volunteers in the sites; planting tools  (gloves, shovels);  seedlings; TreeVolution Giveaways like shirts, hand towels, caps; collaterals (tarpaulin, posters) among others. — H. A. Ascura/DENR-9