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Philippines Hopes to Break World Record with Mass Tree-Planting

August 26, 2006
"This morning, we planted trees all over the archipelago, the biggest number of trees planted at one time in the history of the world"

Manila, Philippines - President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo took part Friday in a massive tree-planting campaign aimed at improving air quality in the Philippines while breaking a world record.

The "Green Philippine Highways" project initially aimed to simultaneously plant 500,000 trees on 3,439 kilometres of roads across the sprawling archipelago, but Environment Undersecretary Francisco Bravo said the figure may have been higher.

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