By: Jun Mark C. Bernaldez
Tandag City, Surigao del Sur (28 November 2016). Twenty-five forest rangers of DENR-CENRO Lianga under the leadership OIC CENR Officer Hernan P. Ramirez together with the Enforcement Staff attended the Landscape and Wildlife Indicator (LAWIN) Forest and Biodiversity Protection System (FBPS) Phase II Training last November 8-9, 2016 at Kansilad Beach Resort, Barangay Ganayon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur.
Said activity aims at orienting and equipping skills of the CENRO Lianga personnel who will be undertaking the LAWIN activities by using the LAWIN application such as Cyber Tracker and Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) in patrolling to reporting via web-based system. The LAWIN patrollers or Forest Rangers should have background on forest and environmental laws since the activity requires technical knowledge and skills on the conduct of LAWIN patrol.
The gadgets for the LAWIN patrollers such as cellphone, cap and watch were distributed to all Forest Rangers of CENRO Lianga who are included in the Special Order. These gadgets are used by the LAWIN patrollers during the conduct of LAWIN activities.
The cellphone was installed with the Cyber Tracker and SMART to be used in the LAWIN patroller. The patrollers were oriented on how to use the said system by familiarizing the application especially on recording the important observation.
One of the significant activities in the training was the conduct of field activity at Barangay Gata, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur where the actual demonstration on how to use the system in the field was tested. Significant observations in the area such as illegal cutting activity, forest condition, wildlife species and other important are recorded in the system. After the field activity, the data were consolidated by the data manager who is the responsible for the submission of report to the DENR Central Office.
“The DENR field offices are required to conduct LAWIN activities based on the Conservation Area Plan to be submitted to Central Office,” said OIC CENR Officer Ramirez. “This technological innovation is very important to protect the natural trees and wildlife species that can be found in the forests areas while it facilitate the preservation and conservation of their population in the ecosystem,” he added.
Facilitating the two-day activity as the Resource Speakers were Ms. Jennica Paula Masigan of the Philippine Biodiversity and Watershed Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) Program and Forester Krisna F. Siruma of Forest Management Bureau (FMB) Central Office.
Discussion and finalization of the Conservation Area Plan and Patrollers Plan were among the significant output during the training.
Trained forest patrollers or forest rangers will be conducting the patrolling activities with at least 10 kilometers per team to identify and monitor threats focus and indicator species focus. Those patrollers who did not undertake the LAWIN activity honestly will be determine by the DENR Central Office through the submitted online report.
The national government through DENR has introduced the new technology for the protection, conservation and monitoring of forest and forest land areas specifically on untenured areas which are susceptible in the illegal activities. The Landscape and Wildlife Indicator (LAWIN) Forest and Biodiversity Protection System is adopted and implemented by the field offices nationwide as mandated by the DENR Central Office. (Jun Mark C. Bernaldez / JSN / PENRO-SDS).