My Google Page Rank

DENR IX conducts 9th cave forum; creates cave rescue team

PDFPrintE-mail

“The primary reason we classify caves is to conserve, protect and manage the natural wealth and heritage of caves and the resources found therein,” said Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) IX Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Services (PAWCZMS) Regional Technical Director (RTD) Gil T. Ona during the Opening Ceremony of the 9th Mindanao Cave Forum held last October 12-18, 2014 in Quiniput, Zamboanga City.

Aside from the DENR-IX, the 9th Cave Forum is co-sponsored by the Department of Tourism IX, City Government of Zamboanga, Department of Education IX, Zamboanga Peninsula Cavers Association Inc. (ZPCAI) and the Philippine Speleological Society.

The theme for this year’s cave forum is “Cueva de Zamboanga: Protegido y Conservao por un Sustenable Turismo (Caves of Zamboanga: Protected and Conserved for Sustainable Tourism.”

“The DENR cannot do the classification, conservation, and management of our caves alone that is why active partnership with academe, LGU, spelunkers and caving associations is important,” said Marlyn Mendoza, the official representative of Dr. Theresa Mundita S. Lim, Director, Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) of the DENR Central Office. Mendoza is the Caves and Wetlands Division Chief of the BMB.

The cave forum was attended by teachers, students, barangay officials of the host communities (Latuan, Victoria, and Quiniput), members of caving and spelunking associations, members of the Regional Cave Committee, representatives from the Philippine Air Force (PAF), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), and DENR-IX personnel.

Courses offered during the cave forum were Basic Caving, Cave Assessment, Cave Survey and Mapping, Cave Photography and Cave Rescue. Demonstration on Single Rope Technique (SRT) and cave rescue were also conducted by Marc Mentens, President of ZPCAI. After the courses, participants were given the chance to apply their training through cave explorations in the Seven Doors Cave (Latuan), Pader Cave (Victoria) and Quiniput Cave, in Zamboanga City.

“Proper identification and classification of our caves will help in the proper management of these caves, which will, in turn, allow us to open the caves for eco-tourism,” said DENR IX Protected Areas and Wildlife Division Chief Cidur J. Julsadjiri.

According to Julsadjiri, caves are classified into three: Class I (for research purposes only and closed to the public), Class II (partly open and partly closed), and Class III (open to the public).

According to RTD Ona, the output of the participants’ fieldwork will be helping the three host communities in the exploration and assessment for future cave classification and proper management planning.

“Cave assessment is significant in the planning process of cave management since the assessment will identify the resources within the cave – biological, geological, and speleothems – and the different human activities that contribute to the depletion or damage to the cave and cave resources,” said DENR IX Ecosystems Management Specialist Michael dela Cruz. “This will also form part of the basis for cave classification.”

One highlight of this forum is the creation of a cave rescue team for Zamboanga Peninsula. This will ensure that we will be prepared to respond and address to possible accidents in the future.”

Mentens, who conducted the lecture and demonstration on cave rescue, said, “Members of the rescue team must have the necessary technical skill set in so it is imperative to conduct trainings and cave explorations to broaden their knowledge and experience.”

“In cave rescue, it is crucial for teams to switch every three hours because rescuers get tired. When you’re tired, you make mistakes and mistakes can be fatal,” Mentens added.

According to dela Cruz, the PAF, BFP and PNP have already expressed their willingness to support the formation of the cave rescue team. The next step now is to identify the roles and responsibilities of all agencies involved and conduct trainings accordingly.  (MT DENRIX – RPAO)




Related news items:
Newer news items:
Older news items:

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

DILG urges city’s barangays to submit disaster plan

19 Jul 2018 Hits:169 Be the first to comment!

Department of Interior And Local Government (DILG) City Director Mohammad Taha Arakama is urging the different barangays here in Zamboanga City to submit their Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Plan. Director Arakama reiterated this appeal to the barangay after it was found out that majority of the city’s 98 barangays have not yet submitted their barangay disaster plan to the DILG city office. Zamboanga Today learned that as of the present there are only 25 barangays which have submitted their respective disaster plan to the office. “We are enjoining those barangays which have not yet submitted their disaster plan to already submit their disaster plan to our office. They need to come up with their own disaster plan in the barangay so that [...] Read more

Prev Next Page:

City to require all ‘lechoneros’ to utilize San Roque slaughter and roasting facility

13 Jul 2018 Hits:237 Be the first to comment!

The city government is set to implement an ordinance mandating all members of the Lechoneros Association of Zamboanga to slaughter and do roasting activities at the government’s Slaughter House facilities [...] Read more


Shooting suspect nabbed

11 Jul 2018 Hits:204 Be the first to comment!

Personnel of Police Station 9 led by Sr. Insp. Sammy Sakilin arrested on Monday the suspect in the shooting incident in Barangay Recodo last Saturday. Aljin Ahalul y Isad, 27, single, [...] Read more


Rotary Club West condemns killing of its immediate past president

09 Jul 2018 Hits:274 Be the first to comment!

The Rotary Club of Zamboanga City West (Rotary International District 3850), condemns in the strongest terms the gruesome killing of our Immediate Past President (IPP) Michael "Mike" T. Magallanes on [...] Read more


ZCPO: Martial law imposition helps deter crimes in Zambo

09 Jul 2018 Hits:217 Be the first to comment!

The Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) yesterday disclosed that martial law has tremendously help the police in curving criminality in the city. Police PIO Sr. Insp. Shellamie Chang disclosed it has [...] Read more


ZamPen Native Chicken FIESTA atbp. to showcase AANR S&T outputs

07 Jul 2018 Hits:246 Be the first to comment!

The Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), through the Western Mindanao Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources, Research and Development Consortium (WESMAARRDEC), will host anew the ZamPen Native Chicken FIESTA atbp. on [...] Read more


Beng vows continuous service amidst threats

05 Jul 2018 Hits:267 Be the first to comment!

Mayor Beng Climaco said she will continue to perform her mandated duties despite the challenges including death threats. “We should be very cautions but it should not prevent us from serving [...] Read more


Zion celebrates 22nd Anniversary

12 Jun 2018 Hits:316 Be the first to comment!

In a simple ceremony, Zion Evangelical School celebrates this morning its 22nd founding anniversary. It will be recalled that on June 12, 1996, the school opened its doors of 525 students [...] Read more


Basilan Abu Sayyaf leader, nine followers surrender

12 Jun 2018 Hits:363 Be the first to comment!

A sub-leader of the Abu Sayyaf group and nine of his followers inolved in terroristic activities have surrendered to military. Lt. Col. Gerry Besena, spokesman of the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom),  [...] Read more


Drug pusher falls

12 Jun 2018 Hits:316 Be the first to comment!

An alleged drug pusher was arrested in a buy-bust operation at Calle Junk, Barnagay Camino Nuevo, Zamboanga City, yesterday dawn. Police Station 11, Station Drug Enforcement Team (SDET) led by SPO3 [...] Read more


LGU, gov’t agencies to forge MOA on water monitoring project

08 May 2018 Hits:768 Be the first to comment!

The local government will be forging a partnership with national government agencies for a water monitoring project on Friday, May 11. City Planning Officer Engr. Rodrigo Sicat on Monday, May 7, [...] Read more


Four Kidnap victims rescued in Zamboanga del Norte

14 Mar 2018 Hits:1136 Be the first to comment!

Four kidnap victims, who were held captive for nine days in Sirawai town, Zamboanga del Norte, have been escued, the military said. The Western Mindanao Command's spokesperson, Capt. Jo-Ann Petinglay, said [...] Read more


Beng urges women: Be brave, be strong

09 Mar 2018 Hits:987 Be the first to comment!

In celebration of women empowerment, Mayor Beng Climaco urged all women to be brave and strong amidst challenges and difficulties. Speaking to hundreds of women and men who joined the Marcha [...] Read more


CA denies Musa’s motion on IP seat in City Council

09 Mar 2018 Hits:1021 Be the first to comment!

The Court of Appeals has denied Ismael Musa’s motion for reconsideration relative to his assertion as sectoral representative of the Indigenous People in the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Zamboanga City. In a [...] Read more


City welcomes Curuan-Sibuco road

07 Mar 2018 Hits:1139 Be the first to comment!

Mayor Beng Climaco has welcomed the inclusion of the Curuan-Sibuco road project, one of the subprojects proposed under Improving Growth Corridors in Mindanao Road Sector Project (IGCMRSP) of the Department [...] Read more


Beng welcomes Litlit’s appointment as SP member

15 Feb 2018 Hits:1216 Be the first to comment!

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed San Roque Barangay Chairman Joselito “Litlit” Macrohom as member of the Sangguniang Panlungsod or City council replacing Charlie Mariano who stepped down from office last [...] Read more


City Registrar observes Civil Reg Month

15 Feb 2018 Hits:1022 Be the first to comment!

The city, through the Office of the City Civil Registrar,is observing the Civil Registration Month this February with several activities highlighting the importance of civil registration. The month-long observance is punctuated [...] Read more


CHO stresses need for measles vaccination

14 Feb 2018 Hits:897 Be the first to comment!

The City Health Office (CHO) yesterday appealed to parents to submit their children for measles vaccination. This after a seven-month baby died last February 6, 2018 allegedly due to measles, five [...] Read more


MYEISHA JOLO DOWN M.LOZANO TAWI – TAWI

11 Jan 2018 Hits:976 Be the first to comment!

Este el Istoria del Jong Cariaga Mindanao Cup 2018 que ya hace na Golden Boys gym anoche. Ya sale Champion el Myeisha Jolo kay completo todo departamento del juego especialmente [...] Read more