DAVAO CITY- Personel from local government units and the national government has combined to control the raging fire in Mt. Apo.
According to Edward Ragasa, Park Operations Superintendent of the Mt. Apo National Park, government agencies have assessing and evaluating the extent of the fire which has affected 200 hectares in the national park.
These agencies include the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Davao del Sur Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, North Cotabato Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the Philippine Air Force and the Bureau of Fire Protection from Regions XI and XII.
The Davao City Central 911 has been ordered by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to also help put out the fire.
The fire started at around 1 p.m. Black Saturday (March 26). Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.
More than 900 climbers and porters have safely descended from the peak from the time the fire started.
Ragasa said that firefighters could now start to build a fireline to contain the fire from spreading.
Mt. Apo the country’s highest peak is visited by hundreds of climbers during the Holy Week. (PIA/RG Alama)