DENR Bicol estimates 20 million pesos forest fire damage

          Legazpi City—The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol has estimated the cost of the spate of forest fires in three provinces of the region at 20 million pesos.

DENR Bicol Regional Director Gilbert Gonzales said about 2,518 hectares (has.) agricultural land (alienable and disposable) and timberland areas located in 7 towns and a city are the identified impacted area.

RD Gonzales said the most substantial damage was the Rapu-Rapu Island forest fire estimated at 11.5 million pesos and followed by Cagraray Island forest fire with 7.4 million, both towns are located in the province of Albay.

Based on the damage assessment report by the Forest Management Service (FMS) of the DENR Regional Office, three provinces was struck by forest fire, Albay, Sorsogon and Camarines Sur, the first, being the most affected by the occurrence and suffered the costliest of damage.

Wildfires that ensued in Albay took place in Barangays Poblacion, Mananao, and Morocborocan in Rapu-Rapu Island; Barangay Lidong in Sto. Domingo; Barangay Putsan in Tiwi; Barangays Manaet, Tanagan, Malobago in Bacacay, Barangay Tapel in Oas; and Barangays Balasbas, Quimahat, Bamban, Nagotgot and Cawayan in Manito.

In Sorsogon, the affected areas were Barangays Osiao, Sto. Niño and Cabarbuhan in Bacon District, Guinlajon and Panlayaan, Sorsogon City. Also in Camarines Sur, the affected areas are Barangay Harubay in the town of Calabanga and Barangays Lupi and Burabod in the town of Tinambac.

“After assessing the ground damage, the joint technical working group of the DENR, Bureau of Fire Protection and the Office of the Civil Defense will be drafting a comprehensive rehabilitation plan as well as a draft proposal to rehabilitate the said affected areas,” Dir. Gonzales added.

Press Release: September 5, 2014