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
Annual Asian waterbird census held
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR participated in the recent conduct of Asian waterbird census through consecutive bird watch at Magat-Maris Dam in Alfonso Lista, Ifugao and at Talaca, Tabuk, Kalinga ON January 12-13 and January 17-18, respectively.
Ecosystems Management Specialist II Linda Claire Pawid said the waterbird census primarily aims to “monitor the existence of various waterbird species especially the endangered ones”.
This year, an estimate of 20,000 egrets were observed in Kalinga while they were about 4,000 egrets; 2,000 ducks and more than 400 herons observed in Ifugao.
The waterbirds which passed the region were mostly from China, Malaysia, Vietnam and Australia.
According to Senior Ecosystems Management Specialist Trinivic Silang, November to February is the season of migratory birds wherein the month of January is the peak.
The results of the census are eyed to serve as basis for waterbird population and the changes in waterbird area distribution.
In the Cordilleras, the DENR-CAR was joined by the local government units of Alfonso Lista and Tabuk; officials from barangay Namnama; Department of Tourism-CAR; Philippine National Police-Alfonso Lista; National Irrigation Authority; National Power Corporation; SN Aboitiz; Kalinga State University; Ifugao State University-Alfonso Lista Campus; Benguet State University; Baguio-Benguet Wildbird Photographers Club; Wildlife Enforcement Officers of Alfonso Lista.
Prior to the bird count and monitoring, the participants had an orientation about the activity. The orientation was conducted not only for the participants to know how the waterbird census is done but for them to have increased awareness and knowledge about waterbird species, wetlands and their importance at the local, national and international level.
The Asian waterbird census is an annual activity conducted across Asia and Australasia wherein government agencies, local government units and organizations dedicated to wildlife visit wetlands in their areas and count waterbirds.
The activity is part of the global waterbird programme called the International Waterbird Census led by Wetlands International.
Apart from the Asian waterbird census, the DENR-CAR also participated in the International Black-faced Spoonbill census on January 1-4. The objective was to monitor sightings of the endangered species. Unfortunately, such was not observed in the region. |GJNF