The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Negros Occidental is stepping up its campaign on forest protection, particularly against fires.
Edgardo Rostata, PENRO head, said they are going around the communities in the province, especially in the fire-prone areas, to remind the public not to engage in anything that may cause forest fires.
He said they have inspected entry points in the forests, particularly the Mount Kanlaon National Park (MKNP) and Northern Negros Natural Park (NNNP).
“If we can control the entry points, we can prevent forest fires,” he said. He added that forest fires are often caused by cigarette butts from trekkers.
But trekking is currently prohibited in Mount Kanlaon, Rostata said.
He also said they increased their security in the four entry points of MKNP as the Holy Week is approaching, and many people may try to sneak in without a permit.
Mount Kanlaon can be accessed through the Mapot and Manawin trails in Canlaon City in Negros Oriental while entry points in Negros Occidental are the Guintubdan trail in La Carlota City, and Wasay trail in Murcia.
During the Holy Week in 2016, three fires broke out on the slopes of Mount Kanlaon. They were suspected to be created by men.*
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