Mindanawons eye Guinness record for tree planting

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 04 2014 04:37 PM | Updated as of Aug 05 2014 12:37 AM

MANILA - A world record-breaking attempt at planting 4,636,000 trees covering a total area of 9,200 hectares will be facilitated by Mindanawons on September 26, 2014.

About 185,440 people will be mobilized to multiple locations throughout the day.

Dubbed as "TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW," the world record attempt is in line with the Nurturing Our Water Program that aims to plant trees in 690,815 hectares of land by 2020.

According to Mindanao Development Authority (MinDa) Chair Luwalhati Antonino, the attempt will elevate the island-region "as a Guinness world record holder, but more importantly will also provide the constituents the opportunity to be part of the larger efforts to reforest Mindanao."

Antonino revealed that if the attempt succeeds, this will be the second Guinness world record of the country in the tree-planting category.

The first was achieved in Camarines Sur on 2011, breaking the world record with planting 64,096 trees in a 32-hectare area.

The attempt is organized by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDa) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The current world record for most number of trees planted simultaneously at multiple locations was set by India back in 2011.

A total of 1,945,535 trees were planted, with 340,200 participants spread across 408 locations.