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Camsur sets tree-planting world record

First Posted 14:12:00 02/24/2011

PILI, Camarines Sur, Philippines?Breaking a world record, Camarines Sur province on Wednesday planted the largest number of trees simultaneously in one hour?64,096?demolishing the previous record of India at 50,033 trees, the adjudicator of the Guinness Book of World Records announced here.

Seyda Subasi Gemici said the validation of the tree planting event followed the requirements of the Guinness Book of World Records, including the assignment of a supervisor or observer for every 50 participants.

She said the previous record for the largest number of trees simultaneously planted in one hour was undertaken by 9,913 people in India, which accomplished the feat on Oct. 10, 2010. In Camarines Sur, more trees were planted by 6,892 individuals.

But Gemici, a Turkish national, said what was important was the number of trees planted because that was the record sought to be broken.

Governor Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr. said they planted the record-breaking number in only 15 minutes, which Gemici confirmed.

?I heard a lot of people say a day before they?ve to stay there overnight to participate in the record attempt, which is amazing,? said Gemici.

She said she climbed the mountain site of the tree-planting in the municipality of Siruma immediately after arriving in Camarines Sur on Wednesday. She arrived in Manila Tuesday following a long trip from Australia to Istanbul and then to Dubai.

Gemici said she was very excited about the activity when they flew to Siruma and thanked the provincial government for the ?perfect organization.?

Gemici said each of the supervisors had to give their statement regarding the number of participants and the number of trees planted within the 32-hectare area.

She said applying for a world record may be done on-line and her Guinness colleagues would evaluate the project and spell out the requirements.

The Guinness Book of World Records is published once a year, in September, with entries comprising only some 4,000 categories out of some 30,000 categories in their database. The record will stay until someone else breaks it for a new world record, said Gemici.

Villafuerte said that more important than setting a new world record, the feat was a demonstration by the people of Camarines Sur that they can work together to make something happen.

?When people unite, cooperate and help each other, there seems to be no impossible endeavor,? he said.

He said he decided to take up the challenge because the endeavor was more meaningful than other kinds of records.

?We don?t want a longest or biggest record of something. This is the first world record of Camarines Sur to show that we care for the environment because we want to (take the) lead in the initiative against climate change,? he said.

Mayor Sandy Ondis of Siruma said it took them three weeks to prepare for the record-setting event, which involved close coordination with the provincial government, village officials and religious and civil society groups in the area.

?But the most important message of our feat is that people were able to understand the problem of climate change in which we could do something to set back the ill effects by planting trees,? Ondis said.

Lucena Bermeo, operations officer of the activity, said the 32-hectare site was divided into quadrants with 50 participants in each quadrant and 500 tree seedlings.

?Each quadrant has one supervisor who tallied manually as against the bar codes. It took us one week to place bar codes on 70,000 tree seedlings,? she said.

Bermeo said the tree-planting activity for the Guinness Book of World Records was part of the ?El Verde" tree planting program of the province of Camarines Sur that aims to plant 12 million trees from 2011 to 2012.


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