Tree Planting on Environment Month. Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Pablito Ofrecia of Compostela Valley Province leads the planting of 500 falcata seedlings within the one hectare area in Mapaang, Maco, Comval Province. The said activity which is in line with the celebration of the Philippine Environment Month 2013 is participated in by employees from the Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENRO and CENROs) of Comval Province, other stakeholders and beneficiaries of the Cash for Work Project under the National Greening Program (NGP) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Thousands of volunteers have already registered and committed to join the simultaneous tree planting on September 26, 2014 dubbed as “TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW”. This activity is an initiative of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in collaboration with the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).
TreeVolution is an attempt of the Mindanao Region to break a Guinness World Record for most trees planted simultaneously in multiple locations in one hour. It aims to plant 4.6 million trees covering 9,200 hectares from 8:30 to 9:30 in the morning from Region 9 to Caraga Region including the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Record-holder of the said category is India wherein a total number of 1,945,535 trees were planted by 340,200 participants in 408 locations.
In Region XI, DENR Regional Director Joselin Marcus E. Fragada said that it has a target to plant 2,158,408 seedlings covering a total of 4,096 hectares. “In Region XI alone, we can already break the record of India,” he said.
Fragada also said that the attempt also aims to achieve the National Greening Program (NGP) target of Mindanao for 2014. National Greening Program is one of the priority programs of the government that aims to plant 1.5 billion trees within 1.5 million hectares from 2011 to 2016. For 2014, Region XI has a target to plant 8.8 million trees covering a total of 16,223 hectares.
“Attempting to break a Guinness World Record is just an added incentive. Our true aim really is to create awareness and entice people to join in this tree planting activity for this is also showing to everybody that this is what Mindanao is doing to increase its forest cover and to mitigate the effects of Climate Change,” Fragada added.
Participants mobilized by DENR and MinDA for the TreeVolution activity are: Mindanao-wide Cooperatives; River Basin Organizations; Local Chief Executive Confederation; Business Chambers; Junior Chamber of Commerce; Academe; Peace and Development Communities; Religious Sectors; Media; Private Sectors; Youth Sectors, Women Sectors; People’s Organizations; National Government Agencies; Local Government Units; Mining and Industrial Companies and; Wood Processing Plants among others. (DENR-XI PR)