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El Verde Environmental Campaign-12 Million Trees by 2012 Project: Camarines Sur's Green Legacy to the World

Updated on July 7, 2011
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El Verde 12 Million Trees by 2012 Crusade (Photo by Dandy Belleza)Being timed by Guinness Book of  World Records (Photo by Dandy Belleza)President Benigno C. Aquino III participated in the El Verde Movement in Camarines Sur (Photo by Dandy Belleza)(L-R) DILG-former Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo,Pres.Aquino & Camarines Sur Governor L-Ray Villafuerte (Photo by Dandy Belleza)The president planting a tree (Photo by Dandy Belleza)Aerial view of the El Verde Participantsat Sto. Nino, Pili, Camarines Sur (Photo by El Verde)Planting mangrove saplings (Photo by El Verde
El Verde 12 Million Trees by 2012 Crusade (Photo by Dandy Belleza)
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Being timed by Guinness Book of  World Records (Photo by Dandy Belleza)
Being timed by Guinness Book of World Records (Photo by Dandy Belleza)
President Benigno C. Aquino III participated in the El Verde Movement in Camarines Sur (Photo by Dandy Belleza)
President Benigno C. Aquino III participated in the El Verde Movement in Camarines Sur (Photo by Dandy Belleza)
(L-R) DILG-former Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo,Pres.Aquino & Camarines Sur Governor L-Ray Villafuerte (Photo by Dandy Belleza)
(L-R) DILG-former Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo,Pres.Aquino & Camarines Sur Governor L-Ray Villafuerte (Photo by Dandy Belleza)
The president planting a tree (Photo by Dandy Belleza)
The president planting a tree (Photo by Dandy Belleza)
Aerial view of the El Verde Participantsat Sto. Nino, Pili, Camarines Sur (Photo by El Verde)
Aerial view of the El Verde Participantsat Sto. Nino, Pili, Camarines Sur (Photo by El Verde)
Planting mangrove saplings (Photo by El Verde
Planting mangrove saplings (Photo by El Verde

Racing against time to save the environment

Camarines Sur, hailed as the number one tourist haven in the Philippines, has added another big-time accomplishment; as its environmentalists outdated the previous record of India (50, 000 trees) in the Guinness Book of World Records; a world-breaking achievement of planting 64, 096 trees in the span of an hour by 6, 893 participants coming from the public and private organizations (DPWH, DepEd, Philippine Judges Association, Guardians, Girls Scouts, Boy Scouts, DILG, NFA, ComElec, DENR, DA, DOST, DSWD, GSIS, SSS, DBM, PNP, DTI, DOH, Red Cross, Globe Telecom, APO and other major agencies of the govenment and the religious sectors).

It happened last February 23, 2011with the nation's leader,His Excellency President Benigno C. Auqino III as the main supporter for the launching ceremonies at Sto. Nino, Pili.

This project is being spearheaded by the visionary leader of the province, Governor Luis Ray Villafuerte, who untiringly campaigns for bringing back the rainforests in the province and create viable and productive farm agriculture in harmony with nature. He quips,"If Camarines Sur can do it, so call all the other local government units."

The first and the biggest environmental conservation movement for the country, El Verde 12 Million Trees by 2012

was launched in two cities (Naga and Iriga ), 35 municipalities (including the capital town and major venue: Pili), and 1,036 barangays.

The targeted participants were 73, 710 people (574 trees in h\one hour) but the result sill outperformed the old Guinness Record holder (India). Not a bad campaign in just one hour and it was attested by an adjudicator of the Guinness coming from Turkey.



Tree Planting Activity in Pili, Camarines Sur c/o RTVMPinoy

2011: International Year of Forests

This is a timely activity as 2011 is the banner year for the forest conservation. We all know the effects of global warming and we have to act now before it consume our habitat. The launching of DENR's (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) National Greening Program is in support to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)'s Billion Tree Campaign.

If all countries in the world will participate, we can beat the 'hot' problems (pollutions, greenhouse effects, etc.) on Earth. Bringing back rainforests,stable and clean riverbanks, lakes, mangrove systems and beaches will draw inspiration to all people who believe that we can still save our planet.

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    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      9 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      We always think about the future, sailor. What we do today is for the good of the next generation!!!

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      9 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Thanks, earthbound. Planting trees is a positive way to celebrate LIFE here on Earth!!!

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      9 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Romano Arnesto: Thanks for the support. Hope this move will not be the last for the provincial government and its constituents, with or without the supervision of the Guinness Records.

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      thesailor 

      9 years ago from Seven Seas

      A massive reforestation will solve the global warming. Let's do it folks, for the sake of the future generation.

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      earthbound1974 

      9 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      What a way to celebrate life here on Earth. Conservation of our forests and trees is a must. Oxygen is depleting so, we are truly racing against time to accomplish it. Global warming is synonymous with climate change. We all must do something about it.

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      Romano Arnesto 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      Congratulations, Camarinenses.I'm an El Verde advocate, too! Hope everyone will plant a 1 or 10 trees or more everytime they celebrate their birthdays.

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