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
DENR-CAR recognized in Gawad KALASAG
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR has been recognized for its contribution in terms of disaster response during the onslaught of the Super Typhoon Lawin last year.
In this regard, a Plaque of Recognition was awarded to the DENR-CAR during the Cordillera Gawad KALASAG 2016 held on January 18 at the CAP John Hay Convention Center in Baguio City.
The plaque was in recognition of the DENR-CAR’s contribution in attaining safer, adaptive and disaster-resilient Cordilleran communities by providing assistance in the joint cutting and pruning of trees for disaster risk reduction.
The plaque was received by Engr. Gilbert Mangliwan and Ecosystems Management Specialist Ronaldo Barongan who are members of the DENR-CAR’s region-based Disaster Quick Response Team (DQRT).
During the onslaught of the Super Typhoon Lawin on October last year, the DENR-CAR lent two licensed chainsaws to the Cordillera Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to be used in cutting and pruning of fallen trees.
The DENR-CAR in coordination with the Benguet Electric Cooperative also took rounds in the major thoroughfares of Baguio City to cut and prune trees which then pose threat to lives and properties.
A team from the Enforcement Division of the DENR-CAR also went to Calanasan, Apayao to document the extent of damage of the typhoon and respond to the needs of the local communities.
Since 2015, the DENR-CAR has activated its DQRT to man DENR-CAR’s Disaster Operation Center during typhoons and in times of disaster. In addition to their regular functions, they are tasked to report and promptly respond to any environment and natural resources-triggered disasters.
The Cordillera Gawad KALASAG awards led by the Office of the Civil Defense recognizes its partner agencies both from the public and private sector who has valuable contribution in disaster risk reduction and management; and humanitarian assistance.|GJNFontanilla