DENR 4A equips its field personnel on Forest Fire Management

DENR 4A equips its field personnel on Forest Fire Management

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DENR 4A Enforcement Division Chief, Engr. Giovanni Gamo gives the overview of the Training on Forest Fire, Pests and Diseases Management on April 17, 2018 at Fresh Air Hotel, Lucena City.

        As summer hits the Philippines, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 4A also began equipping its field personnel on forest fire management on April 17-20, 2018 at Fresh Air Hotel and Restaurant in Lucena City.

          Forester Victor Ombajino from the DENR-Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), Quezon said the training is timely, as forest fire is one of the main problems which needs to be resolved during the dry season.

          “Although tapos na ang Fire Prevention Month (March) ay ngayon pa lang nagsisimula ang tag-init, kaya very timely po para sa mga forest ranger and field personnel para ma-capacitate sila, na magagamit nila sa kani-kanilang offices especially sa National Greening Program (NGP),” Ombajino said.

 

 

          Started in 2011, NGP is a flagship program of the DENR which primarily aims to reforest the denuded forestlands in the country.

        DENR 4A Enforcement Division Chief, Engr. Giovanni Gamo said “the government has already invested a lot in the implementation of NGP, hence, it is but considerable to take care of that investment through the prevention of fire spread in the Program areas”.

       Gamo mentioned that the training also involves topics on forest pests and diseases management which, according to him, is also deemed necessary in the maintenance and protection of the NGP areas.

        The 4-day training entails preparatory lectures on pests and diseases management by resource persons from the DENR-Ecosystems Research and Development Service; NGP by the DENR 4A NGP Coordinator, Forester Herminigildo Jocson; forest fire management by Forest Fire Management Specialist Eligio Soliman; and Fire Code of the Philippines and first aid for forest fire victims by Fire Officer III Marx Pranada.

        On the third day, the participants composed of Forest Rangers, Forest Technicians, Foresters and Extension Officers from the 5 provinces of CALABARZON, had a field practicum on forest fire suppression, and updated the fire management plans of their respective offices.

          Gamo said firefighting is one of the agency’s pillars in forest protection, alongside anti-illegal logging and anti-wildlife trade.

         The Training on Forest Fire, Pests and Diseases Management is an annual activity of the DENR 4A Enforcement Division usually undertaken in the month of March, which aims to equip the new staff of the DENR field offices on the proper measures concerning forest fire, and pest and diseases incidences in their areas.

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        “’Pag sinabing comprehensive clean-up, talagang ‘yan ay matindi,” Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) Regional Director Sofio B. Quintana said as he described the seriousness of the activity.

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