Photo of erupting Mt. Mayon taken on January 22, 2018 by UNTV News correspondent Joan Nano
MANILA, Philippines — The local government of Albay is in need of more than P400-million to restore the livelihood of residents affected by the eruption of Mayon Volcano.
According to Cedric Daep, head of the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO), the amount will be allocated to its recovery program including its relocation plan for the residents living within the 6-kilometer permanent danger zone.
Meanwhile, P100-million, will be allotted to the agricultural needs of residents.
“Yung iba pang apektado in terms of social and economic activities nila, aalamin yan ng government concerned agencies para ituloy yung assistance sa full recovery kasi nasa recovery na tayo,” said Daep.
(Governments agencies concerned will look into residents who were affected in terms of their social and economic activities as part of the continuing assistance in their full recovery since we are already in the recovery phase.)
Last Thursday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) downgraded the alert status of Mt. Mayon to alert level 2.
With this, the more than 2,000 families or 10,000 individuals at eight evacuation centers are now allowed to return home.
Romeo Nuñez, an Albay resident, is glad to return to his home which is located near the volcano.
“Ako nga nagsimula kaagad na magsaka sa palayan dahil sabi ko wala naman ibang hanapbuhay,” said Nuñez.
(I immediately went back to farming since I have no other livelihood.)
The APSEMO is now waiting for the report coming from concerned government agencies that it plans to use as the basis on how to assist residents affected by the activities of Mayon Volcano.
Phivolcs is expected to further downgrade to alert level 1 the status of Mt. Mayon if it continues to show signs of calm. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue