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
2017 Asian Waterbird Census Conducted at Alfonso Lista
The 2017 Asian Waterbird Census and the International Black Faced Spoonbill Census (IBSC) was done at Maris and Magat Dams spillways, Namillangan and Sto Domingo, Alfonso Lista, Ifugao on January 13, 2017. The activity was to count, monitor and capture different species of waterbirds dwelling in the reservoirs. It was also to spot and take photo of new specie called the Black Faced Spoonbill that is said to have migrated to the dams as its new habitat.
The Census was participated by the different offices, schools and organizations led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) attended by representatives of the different PENROs and CENROs of DENR-CAR, in coordination with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of A. Lista, Ifugao as the Municipality host, the National Power Corporation (NPC) Isabela, SN Aboitiz, National Irrigators Association (NIA), Ifugao State University (IFSU) and Benguet State University (BSU) represented by some Instructors and students, Wildlife Enforcement Officer (WEO) CENRO A. Lista designated and members of the Wildlife Photographers Association (WPA) Baguio city as lead photo captures of the different kinds of waterbirds.
The participants from the different PENRO and CENRO offices arrived on the 11th day of January 2017 and had an orientation at the CENRO A. Lista, Namillangan A. Lista, Ifugao on January 12, 2017 in the morning regarding the details of the activity and had another orientation in the afternoon of the same date with all the participants from the different Institutions and Organizations at the SB Office, Municipal Hall, A. Lista, Ifugao to further explain the essence and flow of the activity. It was decided that it should consist of Two (2) schedules of counting; the 1st schedule was at 5:00 PM (sunset) of January 12, 2107 right after the orientation and the 2nd was at 6:00 AM (sunrise) on January 13, 2017 with two (2) teams per schedule having two (2) locations, one at Maris and the other one at Magat Dam simultaneously.
The two teams with different locations had spotted, counted and captured various species of birds such as Heron, Egret and the Philippine Duck. Details of the sighting of the Black Faced Spoonbill, other species and the official count of the species mentioned were said to be consolidated and to be published/reported by members of DENR-CAR Biodiversity Division, Baguio City.
After the conduct of the Census, the participants took the opportunity to enjoy some of the amenities of the proposed Eco- Tourism Park of the Municipality of A. Lista, these include sight-seeing, boating and the 1000 steps hiking. They all departed in the afternoon of January 13, 2017. |C. A. Lista, PBalao