DENR updated geohazard map around Mt. Mayon may possibly cause relocation of residents

admin   •   February 14, 2018   •   4586

The surrounding area of Mt. Mayon is considered as a ‘no man’s land’.

 

ALBAY, Philippines — Jose Oera, a farmer in the province of Albay described his family’s present situation.

“Kasi papaano ang pamilya mo kung basta-basta ka lang lilipat doon, wala naman sila ibibigay na pang hanapbuhay magugutom pamilya mo, hindi ako aalis,” said the farmer.

(What will happen to our family if they will just relocate us. They won’t be giving us livelihood anyway, my family would starve. I’m not leaving.)

For more than 40 years now, Jose has been supporting his family through farming.

The soil around the volcano is loamy, which is ideal for planting vegetables.

Oera’s farm in the town of Guinobatan is covered by the extended 8-kilometer danger zone around Mt. Mayon.

However, they might face relocation once the Department of Environment and Natural Resources or DENR-Mines and Geosciences Bureau updated its geohazard map around the volcano.

Due to the huge amount of lava spewed by Mt. Mayon, the DENR sees possible changes in the direction of a lahar flow.

“Puwedeng makasira ito sa ating mga kabuhayan yung bahay or mismo yung buhay (It might destroy their livelihood, homes or even their very lives),” said DENR Region 5 Director Roberto Sheen.

The updated geohazard map is one of the bases of the government in deciding what activities should be conducted within the permanent danger zone of Mt. Mayon.

The surrounding area of Mt. Mayon is considered as a “no man’s land”.

However, many still farm and live here.

According to the president’s emissary to Albay Secretary Francis Tolentino, there are farmers who own lands with the title.

He explained that this is one of the matters that should be considered in case the government pushes through with relocating residents located in danger zones.

“Yun ba ay papalitan, babayaran para ma relocate sila? At saka i-consider rin natin na ang area na yun ay very fertile in terms of agriculture (Can they replace it, or pay for it so that they can be relocated? We should also consider the area if it is fertile in terms of agriculture),” said Mayon Volcano Crisis Committee chairman, Francis Tolentino.

According to the DENR, if the updated geohazard map will be followed, the government could save money since there would be no need to evacuate residents every time Mt. Mayon erupts. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

Intel officer shot dead in Albay

Robie de Guzman   •   September 27, 2021

A police officer assigned as an intelligence warrant officer of the Guinobatan Municipal Police Station was killed by still unidentified gunmen, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Monday.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said the police officer, identified as Police Staff Sergeant Allan Madelar, was gunned down in Barangay Peñafrancia where he attended a birthday party on Saturday night.

Eleazar said he has ordered the Police Regional Police Office 5 to immediately resolve Madelar’s killing.

“Inatasan ko na ang RD, PRO5, PBGen Jonnel Estomo na resolbahin kaagad ang kaso ng pagpaslang sa isa naming kasamahan sa Albay na si PSSgt Allan Madelar,” he said in a statement.

“Kasama dito ang pagsasagawa ng imbestigasyon upang matukoy ang motibo na magiging susi sa pagkakakilanlan ng mga taong nasa likod nito,” he added.

Eleazar appealed to those who witnessed the incident to come forward and help authorities in shedding light on the incident.

The PNP chief also expressed his condolences to the family of Madelar as he vowed that all necessary assistance would be provided to Madelar’s bereaved family.

“Nais ko iparating sa mga kaanak ni PSSgt Madelar ang pakikiramay ng buong PNP at tinitiyak ko sa kanila na hindi titigil ang kapulisan hangga’t hindi nadarakip at nasasampahan ng kaso ang mga salarin,” Eleazar said.

400 pasaherong stranded sa Pio Duran Port pinayagan nang makapasok sa Masbate

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 25, 2021

Pinahintulutan na ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ng Masbate na makapasok sa probinsya ang 400 pasahero na apat na araw nang stranded sa Pio Duran port sa Albay dahil sa “no vaccine, no entry policy”.

Sa halip na pababalikin ang mga ito sa kanilang pinanggalingan ay isasailalim na lang sila sa antigen swab test ng local government unit (LGU) bago pasakayin ng barko.

Kinuha na rin ang kanilang mga pangalan at uuwiang LGU para sa proper coordination.

Ayon sa lokal na pamahalaan, ito na ang huling beses na papayagang nilang makauwi ang mga locally stranded individuals (LSI) na hindi pa bakunado.

Sa susunod na may magtatangkang papasok sa lalawigan na walang bakuna at sapat na dokumento ay sasampahan na ng kaso.

Ayon pa kay Masbate Governor Antonio Kho, layon ng “no vaccine, no entry policy” na hindi na makakalusot sa checkpoint ang mga colorum na sasakayan na namemeke ng mga dokumento.

“There is an increase in transmission of COVID-19 in the province of Masbate because of this colorum van that enters and fabricates documents,” aniya.

Mga pasaherong apat na araw nang stranded sa Albay, humihingi ng saklolo

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 24, 2021

Humuhingi ng saklolo ang mga pasaherong stranded sa Pio Duran Port sa Albay.

Ang pagdami ng mga locally stranded individual (LSI) sa Pio Duran Port ay bunsod umano ng “No Vaccine, No Entry” policy ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ng Masbate.

Patuloy pang nadagdagan ang mga stranded dahil sa patuloy na pagdating ng mga pasahero. Umabot na ito sa mahigit 400.

Nangangamba na rin ang mga pasahero dahil hindi na naipapatupad ang physical distancing lalo na sa gabi tabi-tabi na sa pagtulog.

Para makagamit ng palikuran kailangan magbayad ng halagang P5 hanggang P30 pesos sa paliligo.

Tanging karton ang kanilang nahihigaan at ang ilang mga bata may dinaramdam ng sakit dahil sa naranasang pag-ulan.

Ayon sa mga pasahero, pahirap ng pahirap ang kanilang kalagayan dahil wala namang tulong o ayuda na natatanggap mula sa pamahalaang panlalawigan ng Albay.

Umaasa ang mga stranded na pasahero na matugunan ang suliranin nila at mapayagan ng makabyahe pauwi ng Masbate. AAC (mula sa ulat ni Gerry Galicia)

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