DENR, BFP magkaagapay na tutugon sa forest fire incidents

DENR, BFP magkaagapay na tutugon sa forest fire incidents

April 2, 2022 @ 4:45 PM 3 months ago

MANILA, Philippines- Inatasan ang Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) field officers na rebyuhin ang umiiral na forest fire prevention measures dahil sa dumaraming bilang ng insidente ng man-made forest fires tuwing tag-init.

Batay sa tala ng DENR-Forest Management Bureau, bumaba ang forest fire incidents sa 429 noong 2020 mula sa 1,282 noong 2019, dahil sa lockdown measures.

Dahil mas maluwag na ang restriksyon sa umiiral na alert level status, inaasahang mas maraming tao na ang lalabas dahilan para muling umakyat ang bilang ng insidente.

Nagsasagawa ang DENR at Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) ng cluster trainings para sa DENR field personnel at implementers sa iba’t ibang “aspects, technicalities, and principles of forest fire.”

“Forest fires are mostly fueled by human activities, making it imperative for us to recalibrate our response readiness and forest fire prediction alertness to pre-pandemic levels, which calls for tighter coordination with people’s organizations and family beneficiaries of the National Greening Program,” ani DENR Acting Secretary Jim Sampulna.

“The field offices and communities are considered our front liners in combating forest fires. The first line of defense against forest fire is to avoid starting a fire,” dagdga pa ni Sampulna.

Karaniwang sanhi ng man-made forest fire ang “kaingin or slash and burn farming, smoking of honeycombs to gather honey, cigarette butts, and other forms of activities that involve fire.” RNT/SA