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20170329SRWAT trains BWF volunteers1

In line with the observance of the Fire Prevention Month, the National Power Corporation San Roque Watershed Management Area Team (NPC-SRWAT) conducted training on forest fire suppression amongst Bantay Watershed Taskforce volunteers, LGU officials, and men in uniform on March 29-30, 2017 at San Roque Power Corporation (SRPC) Barracks, SRPC Compund, San Roque, San Manuel, Pangasinan.

Mendel S. Garcia, Section Chief of NPC-SRWAT, lauded the efforts of participants in supporting the efforts of the Watershed Management Team in realizing its advocacies.

Moreover, forest officers of the SRWAT lectured on forest protection and management. Forest officer Adrian Espero shared his experience of forest fire and demonstrated forest fire techniques he learned through experience. Senior Forest Ranger Marshall I. Wassit also pointed out causes of forest fires and how these could be prevented.

On the second day, participants together with experts in forest fire suppression from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and SRWAT, conducted a drill in an open grassland near the training venue.

Afterwards, the participants were grouped by barangay LGU and agency and prepared an activity design for a re-echo activity in their own barangay and agency. The said planned activities were presented for scheduling and critique from speakers and other participants. The SRWAT and DENR are expected to visit the barangays during their re-echo on forest fire suppression activities lined up in the month of April.

Rufino Santiago,70, oldest Bantay Volunteer and one of the first members of Bantay Volunteer Task Force since its inception in 2008, shared that forest fires are dangerous and could gobble down forests in a short span of time thus skills on suppressing fire is a must. Santiago also challenged younger participants to respond immediately by going up to the forest areas as forest fires spread quickly.

Around 100 participants composed mostly of Bantay Watershed Taskforce Volunteers, and representatives from LGU San Manuel, LGU San Nicolas, Philippine National Police and Philippine Coast Guards attended the training. This is part of the series of activities conducted by the NPC-SRWAT during the month of March that bannered the national theme, Buhay at Ari-arian ay Pahalagahan, IbayongPag-iingatsaSunog ay sa Sariling Pamamahay Simulan.