Fongwan alarmed over Sto. Tomas fires

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Monday, March 30, 2015


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Governor Nestor Fongwan is alarmed over a series of forest fires in the province.

The governor is asking the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to furnish his office with the official report of damages inside Sto. Tomas forest.

"The forest fires are alarming, I am asking the Cenro, Penro and DENR to furnish me with a report," Fongwan said.

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Fongwan said fire trucks have been donated to areas where forest fires are prone and he would want to see if they have been used to contain the forest fires in the province.

Cenro-Baguio Officer Ed Flor said the report on the Sto. Tomas forest fires is still in the works.

"We have finished with the geo tagging and survey," he added.

Flor said the geo tagging is a mechanism, which will determine the scope of the forest fires detailing its coordinates.

Flor said the Sto. Tomas forest fires raged for at least three days, quashing reports it went on for a week.

Flor added there are sporadic forest fires in areas in Benguet including Tuba and Bokod, which is common during this time of the year.

"That is why we are hoping for rain," continued Flor.

Flor said the official report will be done hopefully by the end of the week, as of press time, there are no reports to date on the exact area of the fires as well as the extent of damage it has caused.

Flor reported Monday, a forest fire was reported anew and has sent a team to investigate and put out the fires.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 31, 2015.

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