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DENR chief orders strengthening of forest fire fighting units in field offices

MANILA, April 29 – Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Horacio C. Ramos Thursday ordered the immediate reactivation and strengthening of forest fire fighting units in its regional offices nationwide to prevent forest fires due to the continuing dry spell brought about by El Nino.

This, even as also directed the crafting of regional forest fire management plans, including the training of personnel and allocation of corresponding funding for the units.

“We have to strengthen our forest fire units in the field, train our people, including participating communities particularly those living or near forests, and allocate funding to implement our forest fire preparedness plans,” Ramos said.

“This way, we are not only assured of protecting our standing trees but also the safety of our forest communities,” Ramos also said.

Ramos’ order came in the wake of report that a total of 73.8 hectares of reforestation and agro-forestry areas inside the Peñablanca Protected Landscape and Seascape in Cagayan province were destroyed due to forest fires. (PNA) FFC/JCA

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