01 April 2016

SBMA sends fire and rescue team to Mount Apo

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) is sending its fire and rescue team to assist in fighting a massive forest fire that hit Mt. Apo in North Cotabato.

SBMA Chairman Roberto Garcia gave the go this morning for the agency's award-winning fire and rescue team to proceed to the area, after the Office of the Civil Defense Region 12 sought assistance to augment volunteer fire brigades that are now in Mt. Apo.

The SBMA fire and rescue team prepared their gears to assist volunteers currently fighting a massive wildfire 
in Mt. Apo.(photo courtesy of the SBMA Fire Department)

SBMA Fire Department Chief Ranny Magno will lead the eight-man team for a five-day mission to the disaster area.

Meanwhile, in a statement to media, the Information Office of Davao City said the wildfire that has been ruining the habitat at the Mt. Apo Natural Park (MANP) escalated early morning on Thursday, March 31.

Chief Information Officer Leo Villareal said as of 4:19 a.m. on Thursday the wildfire has already escalated, forcing the volunteers and responders on the scene to abandon their positions for safety.

Villareal said that members of the Incident Management Team (IMT) who are still stationed in Kapatagan, Digos City, Davao del Sur are still assessing the latest situation.

He added that with the recent development, there is a possibility that the situation at MANP will be raised to a higher level.

Members of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) are also coordinating with IMT to review their strategies and possibly adjust to the latest situation in the area.

Villareal described the current efforts to quell the continuing wildfires in Mt.Apo as “an uphill battle.”

The wildfire that started on Black Saturday last week has already ruined more than 400 hectares of habitat in MANP mostly on its grasslands.

read more: http://www.mb.com.ph/mt-apo-forest-fire-escalates-thursday/