Bisliganons urged to stop slash-and-burn farming method to avert wildfires

Published September 23, 2019, 5:05 PM

by Gabriela Baron & Minka Klaudia Tiangco

By Mike Crismundo

BISLIG CITY – Government foresters on Monday urged Bisliganons, particularly farmers, to refrain from using the slash-and-burn method of farming to avert wildfires.

Bislig City DENR-Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (DENR-CENRO) Vicrtor B. Sabordino on Sunday assesses the damages in the four barangays in that southern-tip city of Bsilig caused by the five-day fire of dried swamp lands. ( Photo courtesy of DENR13 RPAO Herzon Gallego/Mike U. Crismundo/MANILA BULLETIN )
Bislig City DENR-Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (DENR-CENRO) Vicrtor B. Sabordino on Sunday assesses the damages in the four barangays in that southern-tip city of Bsilig caused by the five-day fire of dried swamp lands. ( Photo courtesy of DENR13 RPAO Herzon Gallego/Mike U. Crismundo/MANILA BULLETIN )

“Aside from damaging the environment, this kind of method (slash-and-burn) will also start unstoppable wildfires,” stressed Forester Victor B. Sabornido, Bislig City Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), in an exclusive interview with The Manila Bulletin on Monday.

Firefighters battled a raging fire on a parched swampland for five days in this city that nearly hit the Bislig City Provincial Hospital here and forced more than 30 patients to evacuate for safety.
The fire raged on Friday night last week (Sept. 13) and affected at least four barangays.

He said the Bislig City and nearby town firefighters and CENRO Fire Fighters brigade tried to stop the wildfire from spreading.

In spite of contingency measures drawn by the local officials headed by Mayor Florencio C. Garay, water shortage has affected at least 11,000 consumers that had to bear water rationing for a period of time.

“We are all hoping this water crisis would end soon,” Engr. Mentillo C. Siega, manager of Bislig City Water District said.

 
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