Development of GINA App (Tree Planting Mobile Application)


The UP Resilience Institute (UPRI) and the UP NOAH Center initiated the development of GINA, a tree planting mobile application, with the Energy Development Corporation (EDC).


GINA App being used on an Android device


GINA stands for Grow INdigenous trees in your Area. The mobile app allows you to tag the location of your planted trees which will allow users to monitor its growth. It has a map that shows the location of all the planted trees tagged through the app.

The app was tested during a family gathering of the Lopez family (Bantay Kalikasan – ABS-CBN Foundation) at La Mesa Eco Park.


Testing the GINA App with the Lopez family. GINA stands for Grow INdigenous Trees in your Area.


One of its features is the Tree Library which showcase a wide array of species of plants and trees to choose from.


GINA App’s Tree Library


You can also buy, plant, and donate seedlings through the app. It has a feature which allow users to see suggested sites to plant trees.
To make things more interesting, the app has a Leaderboard which shows users with highest number of planted trees.


Features of the GINA App


GINA is currently available on Android devices with the iOS version set to be released soon.


UPRI was also given a chance to introduce and test the GINA App at a tree planting activity in the event “Remembering Dr. Perry Ong on His Birthday” at Institute of Biology, UP Diliman.


Participants at the tree planting activity during “Remembering Dr. Perry Ong on His Birthday” at Institute of Biology, UP Diliman.


Furthermore, UPRI introduced and tested the GINA App to the Religious of Mary Immaculate, Jaro, Iloilo community. The app was used in the “Laudato Si…” Mangrove Tree Planting 2019”.


Top Photo: Mr. Jude Agapito (UPRI) discussing the GINA App to residents of Jaro, Iloilo

Bottom Photo: Mr. Jude Agapito and Mr. Nab Silva (UPRI) with the sisters of Religious of Mary Immaculate