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
by UNTV News | Posted on Friday, February 23rd, 2018
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
by UNTV News | Posted on Monday, February 19th, 2018
Legazpi, ALBAY — Even before the recent activities of Mt. Mayon, the volcano has been drawing attention from tourists.
Aside from its perfect cone shape that is seen in the morning, the nighttime fireworks display of the lava being spewed by the volcano is a sight to behold.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) Region 5 said the Albay tourism industry is thriving once again, particularly in Legazpi City, as it registered a ten percent increase in visitor arrivals since January.
“Marami talaga nag-bucket list ng Mayon Volcano to see, so we expect na mas dadami talaga ngayon ang curiosity (Many have included Mayon Volcano in their bucket list. So we expect curiosity over it to increase),” said DOT Region 5 director Benjamin Santiago.
Also pulling in visitors is the Cagsawa Ruins, a historical site of Barangay Cagsawa where more than 1,000 residents were buried alive when Mayon spewed lahar in 1814.
Tourists also flock to Lignon Hills where Mt. Mayon can be seen at close range.
Lignon Hills also offers many activities for tourists, such as the sky bike, where Mayon’s beauty can be seen in all its grandeur.
The Embarkadero de Legazpi, on the other hand, gives a full view of the volcano’s perfect cone shape from afar.
Tourists are always in awe of all of these beautiful attractions.
“Beautiful and amazing,” said Kim Tehyung, a Korean tourist.
“The mountain is so high the clouds are around there its good place to make a photo,” said Oh Yong Kun, one of the Korean tourists.
The DOT is confident that once the alert level warning in Albay is lowered, this will pave the way for other destination attractions to actively operate once again and will lead to a more a spiked up tourism industry. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
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