PAMB approves resolution closing Mt. Apo ‘indefinitely’

Mar. 31, 2016

 

 

Caption: Aerial shot of the fire in Mt. Apo (Photo courtesy of the Philippine Air Force Tactical Operations Group 11 and 305th Air Intelligence Service Squadron)

Aerial shot of the fire in Mt. Apo on March 28, 2016. (Photo courtesy of the Philippine Air Force Tactical Operations Group 11 and 305th Air Intelligence Service Squadron)

DAVAO CITY —  The Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) passed a resolution on Thursday, March 31 to indefinitely close Mt. Apo from trekkers after a grassfire razed the peak of the mountain.

The PAMB, which oversees the Mt. Apo, also passed a resolution to use the Integrated Protected Area Fund (IPAF).

Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer Walter Ruezo  of Makilala, North Cotabato moved for  the indefinite closure of Mt. Apo “to prevent it from further degrading. Mt. Apo is now on ablaze due to the grassfire that reportedly started on March 26.”

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Regional Executive Director Joselin Marcus Fragada said based on the assessment of the Incident Management Team (IMT),  “around 300 hectares to 320 hectares mostly grassland areas, have been gutted. Fire volunteers are still establishing fire line to prevent  the fire from spreading.

Fragada presided at the PAMB meeting held at the Incident Command Post (ICP) in Barangay Kapatagan in Digos City, Davao del Sur.

He appealed for more assistance including water and food, and more fire volunteers as the grass fire is seen to last for “about five days to 10 days.”

“We are in dire need of assistance for operation and secondly, for rehabilitation, “he said.

Fragada said the “investigation is still going on”, brushing aside speculations that the fire was caused by some trekkers’ “malpractices”.

He said the funds from trekking fees and other local government income generated from the Mt. Apo tourism activities will be used for urgent operation to put out the grass fire.(davaotoday.com)

  • Harold Rosales

    The Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) passed a resolution on Thursday, March 31 to indefinitely close Mt. Apo from trekkers after a grassfire razed the peak of the mountain.

    A lack of Vision by the PAMB of closing MT Apo from Trekkers. Your prepare a plan and let these Trekkers help re-build the MT. Apo by bringing trees for replanting as soon as the Fire is in Control.

    If these is how we visualize our Future as plan by PAMB, we have nowhere to Go but down to deep of the filthy portion of the Earth.

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