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Phivolcs monitors Mt. Mayon after minor emissions

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Mayon Volcano on a sunny weather

ALBAY, Philippines – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) is constantly monitoring the activity of Mt. Mayon following a series of minor ash emissions.

According to Senior Science Specialist Dr. Ed Laguerte, these activities cannot be equated into something alarming. It is just a result of the cooling off of magma inside the volcano following its latest eruption in January.

However, they are considered abnormal activity as far as Mt. Mayon is concerned.

“Sa geophysics kasi hindi gaano, walang masyadong ipinapakita ngayon, maliban doon sa mga gas output nito. Mga pailan-ilan tapos nagkakaroon ka ng ash emission tapos sa gas output nagrarange pa rin doon sa hindi pa rin normal kasi meron pa ngang nagdedegas na magma,” Laguerte explained.

The expert added that they have monitored a slight swelling in the upper slope of the volcano.

Still, it is not a reason to raise the current alert level 2 to level 3.

Meanwhile, Phivolcs is currently using a new equipment in monitoring volcanic activities in the country.

The agency is now using the Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIS) facility which is used to obtain an infrared spectrum of absorption or emission of a solid, liquid or gas. The facility, which was bought in Germany, is also expected to generate data regarding Mt. Mayon’s other gas emissions.

As for the recent activity of Mt. Mayon, the Phivolcs has recorded around nine volcanic quakes within 24 hours and about 1,377 tons of sulfur dioxide gas have been spewed from the period of November 30 to date – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Allan Manansala)

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Residents surrounding Mt. Mayon ordered to evacuate

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Saturday, September 15th, 2018

Mayon evacuees receive relief goods from the local government


ALBAY, Philippines – A threat of lahar flow prompted more than 2,500 residents living at the foot of Mt. Mayon in the municipality of Guinobatan to rush to evacuation centers on Saturday, September 15.

Days of rain prior to the onset of Typhoon Ompong caused lahar deposits around the volcano to soften and flow with rainwater.

According to Mayor Ann Yap, lahar flow poses a great danger to residents especially those living near the river.

“Sila po ang nasa lahar-prone areas so mas mabuti po na nasa safe place sila. Nag pre-emptive evacuation na po tayo. With the recent eruption, with the lost materials, kapag malakas ang buhos ng ulan pwedeng ma-endanger ang mga constituents,” she said.

The local government assured prepositioned relief goods for evacuees.

In Catanduanes, 53 residents were evacuated from the municipalities of Viga and San Andres in line with the typhoon.

Relief goods were also distributed to affected residents.

Nagseserve na tayo sa mga evacuation centers, sa mga ibang fishermen, sa family…dahil nagbawal tayong maglayag,” said Catanduanes governor Joseph Cua.

Meanwhile, based on the latest report of the Office of the Civil Defense Region V, there are more than 1,600 stranded passengers in all nine ports across Bicol Region.  The regional government assured that they are provided with the necessary assistance while waiting for the weather to improve. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Allan Manansala)

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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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Albay tourism thrives anew

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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