The Forestland Management Project (FMP) turned over several pieces of firefighting equipment to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Nueva Ecija on February 8, 2018.
Amounting to PhP 1.2 M, the sets of firefighting equipment are composed of a jet shooter, fire axe, fire swatter, coat and trousers, and rain coat. These are expected to enhance fire prevention and responsiveness in Pantabangan-Carranglan watershed in Nueva Ecija, where the FMP has established more than 7,000 hectares of agroforestry and forest tree plantation.
The Pantabangan-Carranglan watershed is an identified hotspot for high incidence of forest and grass fire, which is usually triggered when the vegetation dries to a flammable state during the summer season. Carelessness and negligence of community members also contribute to sparking open fires, resulting to damages within the immediate surroundings.
Apart from the handover of firefighting equipment, FMP has also initiated a fire protection and prevention plan to manage the incidence of fires. Different community stakeholders, particularly FMP partner people’s organizations, are expected to converge and take part in its implementation.
FMP will be distributing additional firefighting equipment to the rest of Project areas. (FMP/ Paolo Balderia with reports from DENR Region 3 Public Affairs Office)