BALANGA CITY — The province of Bataan made history in World War II as the country’s last stand. Now, it fought a different war: smoking and climate change.
This time around, Bataan wins.
Committed in its drive against climate change, the province broke the world record for most number of trees planted in one hour by an unlimited size in a single location on June 25.
About 18,000 students, volunteers, professionals, employees and citizens altogether planted 223,393 trees in Brgy. General Lim, Orion town, beating erstwhile record holder India which planted 208,751 trees in 2015.
Swapnil Dangarikar, Guinness World Records adjudicator, awarded the certification to Governor Albert Garcia who joined the event dubbed as 1Bataan Green Legacy Tree Planting Program.
Fruit-bearing trees especially cashew, the province’s main fruit product, and fuelwood trees like ipil-ipil and kakawate were planted in a 200-hectare community-based forest management area which will be taken care of by a group of farmer volunteers.
“The trees will support the local production of cashews and will serve as environment stronghold to curb carbon emission in our peninsula which is hosting several power plants,” Engr. Vic Ubaldo, head of Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office, said.
Earlier this year, Balanga City broke the record for the world’s largest dance fitness class in a single venue after 16,218 participants synchronously grooved for 30 minutes in a chilly morning along the stretch of Four-Lanes Avenue.
Driving against tobacco use, Balanga smashed in March 18 the previous record of 6,630 participants of Mexico City, Mexico achieved in March 2012.
“I admire the people’s eagerness to earn the record. The people are very happy. I wanted to join them and dance with them,” said Guinness World Records adjudicator Kimberley Dennis.
Tobacco Free Generation Intl. awarded plaques of recognition to Balanga City Mayor Joet Garcia for championing anti-smoking to the world. (PIA 3)