Phivolcs sees geohazard, flooding risks in Bulacan Airport

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 25, 2020   •   490

The project site of the proposed New Manila International Airport in Bulacan has geohazard risks, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

The multi-billion airport is sitting on soft ground and its location is prone to frequent flooding, according to Phivolcs Usec. Renato Solidum.

“Just to be very specific on the facts is that it is far away from the fault. But since it’s underlain by sand with a shallow water table, it’s prone to strong ground shaking and liquefaction,” he said.

Solidum said they conducted an assessment to ensure the safety of the community as well as to protect investments. He recommended making buildings and infrastructure resilient to hazards.

“Dapat iyong building mo ay maayos ang disenyo na maging stable siya habang lumilindol at hindi siya tumagilid. Or pwede mo ring patibayan ang lupa. Bawasan mo iyong tubig, palitan mo iyong lupa, (The building should have a proper design for it to be stable during earthquakes. The ground can also be strengthen by reducing its water content or replacing the soil),” he added.

Meanwhile, San Miguel Holdings Corporation (SMC) said they have been taking into account the risks in designing the P740 billion domestic and international airport in Bulacan. The SMC also assured they have studied the project, including its feasibility, and all possible risks.

“The airport’s design fully takes this into account and we have actually started implementing sustainable measures to address flooding in Bulacan that has existed for several decades and has been made worse by clogged waterways and drainages,” according to SMC.

The corporation also tapped three major global airport construction firms to ensure the airport is resilient, sustainable, and will provide the best benefits for all Filipinos. AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

113 tremors recorded in Taal Volcano in past 24 hours

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has recorded an increasing number of tremors in Taal Volcano this week.

Based on the agency’s report released on Friday (February 26), the state seismologists recorded 113 volcanic tremors with an average duration of 34 minutes in the past 24 hours. This is a significant jump from yesterday when 69 volcanic tremors were recorded.

Phivolcs also reported an emission of weak steam-ladden fumes from the vents of the volcano’s main crater.

Despite the increase in tremors, Taal remains at Alert Level 1. The public is advised — especially residents near Taal — to remain in a safe area as more volcanic earthquakes, steam emissions, and minor ashfall can occur. Several residents have already been evacuated last week.

Phivolcs also reiterated that entry into Taal’s permanent danger zone remains prohibited. AAC

Phivolcs records 98 quakes in Taal Volcano in past 24 hours

Marje Pelayo   •   February 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) warned the public of possible sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions from Taal Volcano, based on their most recent recorded seismic activities of the volcano on Tuesday (February 16).

According to PHIVOLCS-DOST, they have recorded 98 volcanic tremors in the past 24 hours having durations of five to 12 minutes.

The Agency also monitored an increase in acidity and temperature of the Taal Volcano’s Main Crater Lake.

Alert Level 1 (Abnormal) remains in effect with possibility of sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, minor ashfall and lethal expulsions of volcanic gas occurring and threatening areas within the Taal Volcano Island.

PHIVOLCS-DOST strongly advised everyone against entering the Taal Volcano Island, Taal Volcano Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ), especially its Main Crater Lake and fissures in Daang Kastila, due to the danger posed by the volcano’s recent activities. MNP / Raymund David

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Presyo ng mga paputok at pailaw sa Bocaue, tumaas na

Robie de Guzman   •   December 31, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Tumaas na ang presyo ng mga pailaw at paputok na ibinibenta sa Bocaue, Bulacan ilang oras bago ang pagpapalit ng taon.

Ayon kay Lea Alapide, ang president ng Philippine Pyrotechnics Manufacturer and Dealer Association, itinaas nila nang bahagya ang presyo ng tinda nilang paputok upang makabawi sa pagkalugi.

Ang dagdag-presyo ay kasunod na rin ng pagpapatupad ng total firecracker ban sa Metro Manila at ilang bayan sa Zambales at Tarlac.  

“Hindi naman po yung talagang mataas na mataas, Kung meron man pagtaas don sa mga dealers na kakaunti yung stock siguro doon sa partikular na produkto. Kung may pagtaas man P1, P2, P5. Mura lang naman po sa maliliit na items, sa malalaki naman meron P50, P100,” ang pahayag ni Alapide.

Ayon naman sa ilang firecracker vendor sa Bocaue, nagmahal na ang kemikal na ginagamit nila sa paggawa ng paputok kaya tumaas ang presyo ng kanilang mga produkto.

Ang mga paputok na tumaas ang presyo ay ang Sawa (2,000 rounds) na ngayon ay P800 mula sa dating P700, Sinturon na nasa P50 mula sa P40, Luces P30 kada 10 piraso, Fountain na nagkakahalaga ng P35, at Aerial na may presyong P5,500 para sa 168 shoots mula sa dating P4,500.

Dahil sa pagtaas ng presyo, binawasan ng ilang customer ang binibiling paputok habang ang iba naman ay mas piniling ibili na lang ng pagkain ang kanilang pera.

Una nang nagpaalala ang Philippine Natioal Police at Department of Health sa publiko na iwasang gumamit ng paputok, lalo na ang mga ipinagbabawal na uri nito upang makaiwas sa disgrasya. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Nestor Torres)

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