HISTORY OF AKLAN
High-End Gadgets for Better Forest Protection
Regional Director Jim O Sampulna (left photo, center) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) R6 along with ARD for Management Services Livino B. Duran (right) lead the distribution of DSLR camera units to Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Ruel L. Delos Reyes of Antique and other DENR field staffs and personnel during the “Orientation on the Proper Use of Technical and Scientific Equipment for Forest Protection Activities” held at the DENR Activity Center, July 19-20, 2016.
"These equipment are essential tools for our Forest Protection Officers in taking pictures and identifying sites with illegal activities within our forestlands. The handheld GPS is the device that will be used to determine the exact location of the area,” said Regional Director Sampulna.
“It is important to understand and maximize the use of these devices to improve the efficiency of our work, particularly to strengthen our forest protection activities, as we are currently implementing the LAWIN (Landscape and Wildlife Indicator) Forest and Biodiversity Protection System application to access real-time reporting of information from the ground,” he added.
A total of 124 units (62 DSLR Cameras and 62 Handheld GPS devices) were distributed to all DENR field offices for the use of their respective Forest Protection Officers/Forest Rangers. Twenty-eight (28) units (14 DSLR Cameras and 14 Handheld GPS) were given to DENR-Negros Island Region (DENR-NIR) office.
The activity included an orientation on how to use the camera conducted on the first day led by Camera Haus personnel. It was followed by a basic photography lecture by Mr. Bill B. Gange. Another lecture focused on using the handheld GPS device led by Mr. Efren B. Villanueva was conducted on the second day of the training.
“A user with a good technical know-how in using these devices is needed to produce an accurate and quality output,” said ARD Duran in pointing out the importance of the training.
The Handheld GPS device is also equipped with a small camera that lets the user take pictures and tag locations through its built-in map with coordinates that accurately identifies the user’s exact location in the globe.
Enforcement Division chief Forester June Melissa C. Garol disclosed that, “Three (3) units of CCTV will also be installed in each DENR Field office in Western Visayas to keep an eye on the confiscated forest products. ” She also added that several units of Binocular devices are expected to be delivered soon.