Inihahanda na ng pamahalaan ng La Carlota City sa Negros Occidental ang disaster management plan na ipatutupad sakaling lumala ang ipinakikitang abnormalidad ng Mount Kanlaon.
Ayon kay La Carlota City Mayor Rex Jalando-on, nakapaloob sa kanilang plano ang pagtukoy sa mga barangay na lubos na maapektuhan at kailangang ilikas sakaling sumabog ang bulkan o kaya ay mas tumindi pa ang nararanasang pagyanig sa paligid ng bulkan.
Nakapaloob rin sa disaster management plan ang gagamiting logistics, transportation at available resources, pati na ang positioning ng food packs at mga lugar na maaaring gamiting temporary shelter ng mga ililikas na residente.
Tiniyak rin ni Jalando-on na mayroong P10 milyong quick response fund na maaaring gamitin ang lokal na pamahalaan.
Nagsasagawa na rin sila ng kampanya upang paalalahanan ang mga residente na maghanda at maging alerto sa gitna ng nararanasang pagyanig sa kanilang lungsod.
May gagawin ring drill upang malaman ng mga residente ang mga dapat gawin kapag nakaranas ng malakas na lindol o kaya ay sumabog ang bulkan.
Bahagya ring humina ang inilalabas na puting usok ng bulkan na umabot sa taas na 300 metro.
Iniulat rin ng PHIVOLCS ang patuloy na deflation sa ibabang bahagi ng bulkan at inflation o paglobo naman sa gitnang dalisdis na nangangahulugan umano ng hydrothermal o magmatic activity sa ilalim ng lupa.
Muli ring nagpa-alala ang ahensiya na nasa alert level 1 ang Mount Kanlaon na ang ibig sabihin ay nagpapakita ito ng abnormal na aktibidad at nasa “period of unrest.”
Naka-deklarang permanent danger zone ang four-kilometer radius ng bulkan at ipinagbabawal ang pagpasok rito ng mga tao.
Sakop naman ng eight-kilometer radius ng bulkan ang mga Barangay ng Ara-ala at Yubo kaya’t mahigpit itong binabantayan ng lokal na pamahalaan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lalaine Moreno)
The Philippines produce 2.7 metric tons of plastic waste every year. The United Nations reports that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050.
Ineffective waste management systems and consumers’ irresponsibleness are mainly referred to as culprits of ocean plastic pollution.
Aiming to resolve this problem, marine advocate group, Clean Our Oceans Project (CoOP)urges the public to “clean, dry, and sort” the plastic waste and converts it into “raw materials”.
According to CoOP founder, Anna Varona, cleaned, dried and sorted plastic trash according to the plastic resin code or number can be upcycled into brand-new durable products such as crates, chairs, trash can, trays and more.
Meanwhile, Mr. Jonathan Co, founder of Sentinels Upcycling Technologies, said that most of the plastics can be upcycled. However, due to poor waste management and improper waste segregation, some plastics are not suitable for recycling.
Varona hopes that this simple clean, dry and sort method “will not only change the consuming behavior of the community but also will make the ocean free again from plastics.
To know more about the “clean, dry and sort” method, watch The Dive’s episode “The Oceans and The Plastics” and see how this method has changed lives. — Maribelle Boral-Cabling
A female green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) was found dead along the shores of Purok 7, Barangay Arimbay in Legazpi City on February 9.
Residents of Purok 7 found the dead turtle in its decomposition stage. She measured 75 centimeters in length and 71 centimeters in width.
“The Office through the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) immediately responded and documented the green sea turtle before it was buried in the shores of the same barangay,” according to DENR-Bicol.
“Based on the findings, the turtle might have been entangled in a fishnet causing the lacerations on its neck, which resulted in its drowning,” the post further reads.
DENR-Bicol reiterates that marine turtles are protected by law and catching them will be punishable by imprisonment.
They also called on the public to turn over any wildlife to the authorities.—AAC
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