Mindanao breaks world record for planting 2.29 M trees in a single day

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 Feb) — “Treevolution: Greening MindaNow” made it to Guinness

The Guinness World Record (GWR) announced that Mindanao has the “most trees planted simultaneously in multiple locations” during the conduct of the one-day tree planting activity dubbed “Treevolution: Greening MindaNow” on Sept. 26 last year.

According to the GWR website, a total of 2,294,629 trees were planted by 122,186 participants in 29 locations during the one-day event organized by Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

“This record-breaking event saw the planting of rubber, cacao, coffee, timber and mahogany trees, as well as a range of fruit trees and other species indigenous to the Philippines,” it said.

The Treevolution was conducted to encourage massive participation to hit the Mindanao target for the National Greening Program. The organizers aimed to plant 4.636 million trees at different sites with combined area of 9,200 hectares within the island during the one-day event.

“Together, we have all shown the world that it is possible for Mindanawons from all walks of life and across all the regions, that we can unite to save our environment,” Minda said in a statement.

The last record holder was India where 1,945,533 trees were planted simultaneously by 340,200 participants in 408 location on Aug. 15, 2011.

The DENR, Minda and its partner agencies mobilized their employees to volunteer during Treevolution. The organizers also invited people’s organizations, academe, national government agencies, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, business sector and religious groups. (MindaNews)