SCIENCE-BASED FOREST PROTECTION. Thirty Bantay Gubat or forest protection officers (FPOs) hired by the provincial local government unit (PLGU) of Quirino were trained in a scientific approach of forest patrolling through the Landscape and Wildlife Indicator (LAWIN) Forest and Biodiversity Protection System in Cabarroguis town.
 
Conducted by the provincial and environment and natural resources (PENR) office in partnership with the PLGU, the two-day training featured the LAWIN System, a mobile application used for science-based assessment and monitoring of forest and wildlife resources.
 
“Through this technology, patrolling and monitoring of forest activities will easily be conducted since it utilizes software for data collection, analysis, mapping, and report generation,” said PENR Officer Mariam Frances Malana comparing it with the traditional and manual process of data input.
 
She added illegal activities within forest areas will be easily traced using the LAWIN System because it will enable the patrollers to alert the DENR officers of the current activities in the forest area.
 
“The training is a great help to the province in its efforts of implementing various forest protection programs,” expressed Enrile Eniego, representative of Provincial Natural Resources and Environment Officer Estrella Pasion.
 
During the training, the FPOs were also deputized as wildlife enforcement officers to help the Department in its wildlife conservation activities.
 
The PENR Officer extended her gratitude to the provincial government headed by Governor Dakila Carlo Cua for their strong partnership and support to protect the forestlands in the province.#