• Mindanao breaks Guinness record

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    DAVAO CITY: The Guinness world record for the most number of trees planted simultaneously in multiple locations was awarded to Mindanao.

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    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) received the notice from the Guinness World Records Monday morning.

    The record-breaking event was the September 26, 2014 ‘Mindanao Treevolution: Greening Mindanao’ project, which gathered 122, 168 participants who planted 2,294,629 trees in 29 different locations.

    “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,” the Guinness notice reads.

    Janet Lopoz, MinDA executive director, said the record is a proof that “Mindanao can unite for a common good cause.”

    “While breaking a world record was a recognized motivating factor for the event, it has been amply emphasized that the success of the ‘Treevolution’ goes beyond the Guinness World Record,” she said.

    DENR XI Director Joselyn Fragada said the recognition shows that “Mindanao is now more aware about the need to protect the environment and the value of working together.”

    Councilor Leo Avila 3rd, chairman of the City Council Committee on Environment, said credit must go to the thousands of Mindanawons, particularly the students, who participated in the event.

    “It can’t be denied that the people of Mindanao are very supportive, especially the young people because they saw the potential impact of the event.”

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