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.


DENR Calabarzon, on alert for Ompong


          Power outage and water disruption. These are the expected consequences of the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong, estimated to make a landfall on the northern portion of the Philippine islands in less than 24 hours.

          In preparation, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) is calling for volunteers to help.

          DENR Calabarzon Assistant Director for Technical Services, Arturo E. Fadriquela said the plan is to prepare their field personnel for two packaged services. The first package is to provide chainsaws with skilled operators and porters, and the second one is to deliver fully-charged generator sets.

          Fadriquela, the designated captain for the relief and rescue operations, said they will be in close coordination with the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) should their services be needed.

         “Kapag ang hiningi sa atin ay tumulong sa clearing ng area, ang gagawin lang pagpasok sa kalsada, may nakaharang (na puno) itabi, putol, itabi… Wala nang retrieval ‘yon, saka na ‘yon kasi mabilisan ‘yon e. Kailangan kasi ma-clear ‘yung daan para makapasok ang serbisyo, pagkain, tubig,” Fadriquela said.

          He also said they are looking into the possibility of providing go bags to the affected communities, and warm bodies to be of aid in other services. “Kung hindi naman apektado, maging available din ang mga tao natin kung saka-sakaling i-deploy sa mga repacking,” the assistant regional director said.

          “We would like to have an inventory of standby generators and water tanks that people can lend and we can mobilize in areas of greatest need so we are calling on people to let us know if they have one we can borrow” added DENR Calabarzon Director, Atty. Maria Paz G. Luna.

          With regard to the potential garbage accumulation, Luna said “we aim to have as close to a zero waste operation as possible because trash mounds in disaster areas turn into breeding places of pests and germs”.

          The relief and rescue operations are part of the Tayo ang Kalikasan program of the department.

          Willing volunteers may contact the DENR regional office through hotline numbers 09202068610 and 09553912684, email address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Facebook page @denr4aofficial.

          The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAG-ASA) has raised public storm warning signal no. 1 for the entire region.

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