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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big-time accomplishment; as its environmentalists outdated the previous record of India (50, 000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

Legazpi City (23 February 2011) --With President Aquino's Kamagong seedling firmly rooted to
the ground in the El Verde ceremonial tree planting, the Bikol leg of National Greening Program
of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources kicked-off yesterday at a 17-hectare
clearing area in San Antonio, Ocampo, Camarines Sur.

Thronged by three thousand volunteers who hiked to the foot hills of Mt. Isarog before day
break, the president showed every Bikolano that through leadership by example by way of the
NGP, the country could keep at bay global warming and climate change.

Pnoy lauded the massive tree planting effort of El Verde Movement spearheaded by Camarines
Sur Governor Luis Raymund Villafuerte, Jr., which intends to carve a niche globally, as well as
raising public awareness on the importance of trees to fight off global warming and climate
change.

“Through this concerted effort by our citizens, socio-civic groups, government agencies our
triumph will be insurmountable.” The President underscored that to arrest the impact of global
warming and climate change the contribution of every Filipino is needed.

“Five hundred thousand seedlings could signify five hundred thousand opportunities for our
people. Not just in terms of saving the environment, but in terms of a meaningful future as well,”
Aquino added.
The El Verde Movement is aiming to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the most
trees planted in one hour. In yesterday’s activity alone, an estimated 35,000 seedlings were
planted.

Meanwhile, DENR Sec. Ramon Paje said the environment department strongly supports the El
Verde Movement and its noble goal of planting 12 million trees in 2012.

Paje reiterated yesterday in the DENR executive committee conference that the NGP is all
systems go, with a marching order for all the regional offices which are expected to accomplish
the national target of 125 million trees planted in 1.5 million hectares.

Governor Villafuerte was happy to promote the benefits of tree planting. “The El Verde project
combines biodiversity conservation, economic development and a climate change adaptation
strategy to help reverse the rate of deforestation in the province.” “We want to teach our people
the importance of saving the environment and how they can help as active stakeholders,”
Villafuerte said.

The El Verde project has inspired families living in Camarines Sur to get involved in the planting
and maintenance of the saplings in their early years. The families are partnered with an area of
land with at least 2500 new trees planted and asked to nurture them. In return extra food is
distributed to them, along with extra health and education benefits.

El Verde is inviting business and individual sponsorship to help address climate change through
reforestation. Please help make a difference and get in touch with El Verde

Governor Villafuerte was happy to promote the benefits of tree planting. “The El Verde project
combines biodiversity conservation, economic development and a climate change adaptation
strategy to help reverse the rate of deforestation in the province.” “We want to teach our people
the importance of saving the environment and how they can help as active stakeholders,”
Villafuerte said.

The El Verde project has inspired families living in Camarines Sur to get involved in the planting
and maintenance of the saplings in their early years. The families are partnered with an area of
land with at least 2500 new trees planted and asked to nurture them. In return extra food is
distributed to them, along with extra health and education benefits.

El Verde is inviting business and individual sponsorship to help address climate change through
reforestation. Please help make a difference and get in touch with El Verde