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

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

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

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Radio announcer Joey Llana ambushed in Albay

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, July 20th, 2018


Broadcaster Joey Llana, shot dead by unidentified assailants‌ in Daraga, Albay at 4:45 a.m. on July 20 (Photo courtesy of PRO-5)

ALBAY, Philippines – DWZR Zoom Radio announcer Joey Llana was ambushed at 4:45 a.m. on Friday (July 20).

According to Police Regional Office 5 Director PCSupt. Arnel Escobal, Llana was shot by unidentified assailants while on board his car on his way out of their house garage at P5 Barangay Peñafrancia, Daraga, Albay.

The 38-year-old victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds that led to his death.

Authorities are still investigating the incident.

Meanwhile, Malacañang condemned the killing of Llana calling it “another infringement on the rights to life and a free press.”

“The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) will be relentless in according justice to this latest victim,” assured Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo


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DPWH-5 urge LGUs to construct permanent evacuation centers

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, February 26th, 2018

Mayon Volcano

ALBAY, Philippines — A 3,000-square meter lot is needed to be able to build permanent evacuation centers in Albay towns.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) calls on the local government units (LGUs) in Albay affected by the eruption of Mt. Mayon to provide the required lot.

The national government has assigned the DPWH to draft a design for permanent evacuation centers in the province.

“We are doing it ASAP. Perhaps, there is already funding for that,” said DPWH Region 5 Asst. maintenance division engineer Edwin Bermal.

Should the plan materialize, this will greatly help municipalities that are often affected by the abnormal activities of Mt. Mayon.

Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal, meanwhile, plans on constructing a permanent evacuation center outside the city.

“Pag-aaralan ko collapsible na in times of calamity saka lang natin ikakabit (We are looking into the collapsible type that we can put up in times of calamities),” said the mayor.

Tabaco City Mayor Krisel Lagman-Luistro, on the other hand, said that with permanent evacuation centers, classes in schools used as temporary shelters will not have to be suspended anymore.

“We see that it is one of the best solutions to avoid actually a displacement of learners during calamities,” said Luistro.

Meanwhile, several local government units have temporary shelters constructed outside classrooms, thereby allowing students to continue their classes.

A number of evacuees, however, have complaints.

“Kapag umulan, basa lahat, kaya (When it rains, everything gets wet so,) you will go back to the room again,” said evacuee Adela Ayala.

The construction of permanent evacuation centers is one of the directives of President Rodrigo Duterte which must be done at the soonest time possible. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue


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Phivolcs closely monitors damage in Mayon’s crater

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Mayon Volcano

ALBAY, Philippines — The series of lava fountaining of Mt. Mayon last January on to February has reportedly damaged one part of the volcano’s crater.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said that they are now closely monitoring the damaged crater that faces southeast or Legazpi City.

This has caused fear that the lava may flow to the direction of the city.

Phivolcs, however, assured that the lava will not reach Legazpi as it is situated 10 kilometers away from Mayon.

The agency said that the farthest that the lava can reach is 4.5 kilometers.

Phivolcs added that the said attrition or abrasion on Mayon’s crater helped them arrived at a more accurate conclusion as to where the lava will flow.

If Mayon’s mouth had still been intact, the agency will not be able to determine where the lava will flow in case of a strong eruption.

“Kung ito po ay nag-persist o hindi nagbago, maaari pong maapektuhan na ang iba pang bahagi ng bulkan (If this had persisted or did not change, other parts of the volcano would have been affected,” said PHIVOLCS volcano monitoring and eruption prediction division chief Mariton Bornas.

To date, Mayon is still on alert level 4.

However, its activities have been relatively weak and few and far between compared to last month. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue


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