DENR Kalinga trains Forest Guards on Forest Fire Management

DENR Kalinga trains Forest Guards on Forest Fire Management

 

Kalinga -  Forest Guards of Kalinga attended a training on Forest Fire Management conducted on November 14-18, 2016  at Golden Berries Hotel and Convention Center.

Topics on Fire Behavior was presented and discussed by Mr. Eddie Gaayon (DMOII) and Forest Fire Detection by Forester Bonifacio Manganip followed by an open forum where Mr. Leonardo Bun-as as a representative of Tinglayan group narrated that the common and usual cause of fire in the municipality of Tinglayan is due to Kaingin system. Few people prefer to burn first the area before engaging to kaingin system because it is easier to clean the site when it is already burned.

On the second day, Mr. Eddie Gaayon discussed the topic on Safety Measures in Forest Fire Suppression followed up by Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), SFO2 Jonathan Glenn Tacwigan, FO1 Benedict Wingnga, and FO1 Manuel Sano came and shared their knowledge regarding the topic.

FO1 Benedict Wingnga presented the basic information on fire and immediately he discussed and presented the Basic Life Support (BLS) with actual demonstration and practicum. During the first part of the practicum he demonstrated the proper way of doing 100% Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) the proper way of Bandaging a fractured, bruised, wounded or burned person was also demonstrated.

The Possible Penalties for Crimes resulting from burning properties was discussed and presented by SFO2 Jonathan Glenn Tacwigan. Where the case of fire caused by playing children or a fire caused by any individual without his/her full conscience was raised. Mr. Apolinario B. Baggay said, in the case of children we can put the blame to their parents for their negligence. However in the case of matured person who did not intently burn a property it is still considered arson especially if the fire destroyed other adjacent properties.

After the preparation of the action plans, facilitated by Ms. Karen M. Duyan,  the groups and area of assignment was arranged for the following two day practicumGroups 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 are assigned at Bantay, Groups 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12 are assigned at Agbannawag Groups 10, 13, 14, 15 are assigned at Pinukpuk and Rizal All women and the PENRO base bantay gubat are a assigned at Callagdao.For the  14 senior citizen in the group Mr. Baggay, in consideration of their tender years and health conditions gave them the option on whether or not to attend the said practicum.

Hence on the 3rd day the participants went to their assigned area and had their practicum regarding fire prevention and on the 4th day they also had their practicum on fire suppression.

During the last day Planning Officer I Duyan facilitated the sharing of output regarding the action planning per group and also the sharing of experiences during the two day practicum of the participants.

The fifth and last day of the practicum has been dedicated for a closing program graced by RD Ralph Pablo and   PENRO Banggollay. In his message, PENRO Banggolay encouraged everybody to plant on their lot if they have and make it as model site because in this case the DENR can provide a tenurial instrument as NGP partner.

Regional Director Engr. Ralph C. Pablo in his message, quoted Secretary Regina Lopez saying “if we work we should not be money oriented, instead we should be work oriented, we work and money follows”.  He congratulated all the bantay gubat of Kalinga for their 100 percent attendance and for being part of the family of the DENR. He added, there is no more CPLA or rebel returnees because we are all part of the DENR family. To inspire them further he shared the updates from the OPAPP regarding bantay gubat, such as the option of providing a group insurance for them due to the hazards they encounter in apprehension of illegal items.  He also informed them that their request for an increase in salary is being undertaken for study by the higher authorities.|KRMDuyan, P. Kalinga

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Confiscated forest products turned beneficial

 

The economic value of some confiscated forest products would be redeemed by donating these to qualified recipient.  The National Food Authority (NFA), in its request for some logs intended for the fabrication of office chairs and tables for clients’ and visitors’ use, the DENR-CAR through CENRO Baguio donated a total of six point ninety four (6.94) cubic meter of Benguet pine logs. The 6.94 cubic meter is composed of thirty (30) pieces of logs with an aggregated length of about sixty-nine point twenty-three (69.23) meters.

In the Deed of Donation prepared, the Donor is represented by CENR Officer Rainier D. Balbuena of CENRO Baguio while the Donee is represented by Cecilia A. Cuncubierta, the Provincial Manager of NFA Benguet.

These logs were derived from previously cut Benguet pine trees with an approved permit from the DENR-CAR within the office premises of  Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) situated in Loakan, Baguio City.  These were turned over to CENRO Baguio City in accordance to Section 2.2 of Executive Order No. 23, s. 2011 which states among others that “all logs derived from issued cutting permits within natural and residual forests shall be turned over to the DENR for proper disposal”. 

Based on the guidelines under Memorandum Order No. 162, s. 1993 confiscated logs, lumbers and other forest products may be disposed through donation if these are not subject of a pending case in court or with other appropriate office; if these are without claimants or offenders against whom the case could be filed; and if these are found abandoned within forest areas, the ownership of which could not be ascertained and without claimants.

Further, the Order also specifies which beneficiary to prioritize in the event that two (2) qualified beneficiaries request for forest products at the same time.  On top of the priority list are the needy victims of disaster as certified by DSWD, for the School Building Program of Department of Education (DepEd), and those undertaken by the Department of national Defense (DND)/AFP Engineering Brigade.

Other beneficiaries shall include Health Centers, Public Markets, Municipal Buildings, Police Station, AFP camps, DPWH, LGUs and the Provincial, Regional and National Projects.

For CY 2016 until June 2017, the DENR-CAR donated a total of 77.936 cu.m. of lumber and 2,927 lineal meters(l.m.) of rattan to the different government agencies, of which the larger bulk is the donation to the DepEd. 

The breakdown of donated lumber per provincial office is in Abra .848 cu.m. lumber, in Apayao 51.390 cu.m. of lumber and 2,927 l.m. and in Benguet 6.700 cu.m..  Likewise, in Ifugao the total donations is 3.149 cu.m., while in Kalinga .400 cu.m. and in Mt. Province 15.446 cu.m.

Further, under the DENR Manual of Authorities, the approving authority is dependent on the volume of forest products to be donated.  It specifies that for donations that are more than 100 cu.m., the Department Secretary shall approve the donation.  But for lumber to be donated with a volume of 30.01 cu.m. to 100 cu.m., the Regional Director,  with clearance from USEC for Field Operations shall sign the Deed of Donation. Also, for the donation of 10.01 cu.m. to 30 cu.m and for those  less than 10 cu.m, the PENR Officer and CENR Officer, respectively has the authority to sign donation documents.  The DENR in the Cordillera Region, shall continue to donate confiscated lumber as long as the requisites are properly complied with.  In this way, the economic value of the lumber shall be redeemed.|GSAstudillo

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