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Villages trained on forest fire prevention and management
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The Jaime Ongpin Foundation trained Benguet communities on forest fire prevention as one of the ways to protect the province’s watersheds.

The training on forest fire prevention and basic first aid is part of the activities of the Benguet Watershed for Water Project.

Among those trained were the barangay forest protection committees of Loo, Buguias; Poblacion, Atok; Sagpat, Kibungan; Ambassador, Tublay; Banangan, Sablan; and Poblacion, Bokod.

“We are very thankful that we had this kind of training because it taught us how to put out forest fires, how to make fire lines, and how to manage the community in case of forest fires,” Loo Barangay Kagawad Salvador Sab-it said.

The training focused on the application of prescribed burning as a tool in forest fire management; the principles of forest fire detection size-up, fire line construction, suppression methods, mop-up and post fire assessment; and identification of the different fire fighting tools and demonstration of the proper handling and use of fire fighting materials.

The participants were equipped with skills in the execution of basic forest fire behavior, impacts of fuel composition, climate/weather and slope/terrain, and defining the structure and forest fire control organization.

They were also trained on the roles of fire head and crew members, and were oriented on fire safety and basic first-aid in fire fighting.

“We had bad experiences in the past when we were trying to put out a fire that occurred in our forest, someone was badly injured because we lack the knowledge on how to properly handle this kind of situation. We are very thankful we had the chance to be part of this training. We have learned a lot. Aside from that, we have also learned the techniques and safety measures in putting out forest fires,” Community Waterworks Association president Jackson Lag-asan said.

The Saving the Benguet Watershed for Water is a P25-million project funded by the European Union.

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