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Natuyo na mga gubat! DENR WV braces for forest fires

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Western Visayas is bracing for forest fires due to the dry spell from the El Niño phenomenon.

DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco Milla, Jr. said field offices are on high alert along with active Peoples’ Organizations (POs) in their respective areas.

POs are contracted by the DENR to do the plantation establishment or seedlings production activities for the National Greening Program (NGP), Community-Based Forest Management and other reforestation projects.

“Most vulnerable to fires are the newly planted NGP areas, which still need to be protected from possible fire threats. Thus, we are banking on the strong support of the POs, the Local Government Units (LGUs) and our forest rangers to be vigilant in patrolling their areas so they can give quick response in case of fire incidence,” said Milla said.

The DENR 6 it has deployed forest patrol teams in NGP sites to conduct foot patrols.

Earlier, DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu said Intensified Forest Protection is one of his 10 priorities to protect forest areas and its resources in the country.