Some Mayon residents prefer to store food and stay in own homes

UNTV News   •   January 25, 2018   •   3264

ALBAY, Philippines — Some residents living near the Mt. Mayon refuse to leave their homes.

The residents argued they are used to such situations every time the active volcano shows signs of abnormalities.

Part of their preparations is to store more food, especially since it is difficult for them to travel to other towns.

One of them is Antonio Palacio who has already stored food for the following days while Mt. Mayon continues to erupt.

However, he worries that his food supply will soon run out in the following weeks.

In case they run out of food, Antonio said he will have no other choice but to pick and clean his planted vegetables.

“Like jackfruit, papaya. These are the fruits we normally get here. The leafy vegetables are covered in ash. It has to be peeled and washed,” he said.

Residents in some affected areas are confident that their supply of water will not be affected.

Brgy. Masarawag is one of the areas part of the 7km extended danger zone. The ashfall from the volcano has already eased a bit, that’s why residents are already returning to their homes. Residents get their water supply from this well. They said although there is an ashfall, the water from this well remain clean and safe to drink.

“It’s okay. We just have to boil it,” said local resident, Manny.

Meanwhile, evacuees are cramming into temporary shelters.

Like the Bariw National Highschool in Camalig, where there are almost a hundred individuals per classroom.

There is also a lack of clean toilets.

This prompted the evacuees to call on authorities to provide them with portalets. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

DENR finds violations in 14 quarry operations in Albay

Marje Pelayo   •   November 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has found violations in 14 quarry operations in the province of Albay. 

This prompted the Department to suspend the operations of the said quarry sites located at the foot of Mount Mayon.

Among the notable violations is operating beyond the authorized area, according to DENR Undersecretary Jonas Leones.

“Ang paglabag na nakita namin doon ay iyong nag-exceed doon sa kanilang allowable area at iyong mga iba naman mga expired permits (We found some violations such as exceeding beyond the allowable area while some still operate despite expired permit),” Leones said.

The official noted that the companies operating the quarry sites may face administrative cases and a fine of P50,000 per violation.

It is also possible that they may be permanently closed if proven to have a history of successive violations. 

Leones said these quarrying operations could have contributed to the damaging lahar flow in San Francisco, Guinobatan in Albay during the onslaught of Super Typhoon Rolly.

Hundreds of houses and properties were seen covered with lahar after the typhoon.

Leones stressed that affected residents may sue the companies for compensation for the damage they have caused. 

Around 100 quarry operations are now under investigation by the DENR and those that have been cleared of violations will be allowed to resume operation, Leones said.

Meanwhile, the Triple B — Build, Back, Better— Task Force formed by President Rodrigo Duterte is currently conducting post-typhoon assessment in areas damaged by the recent calamities.

The task force formed through Executive Order 120 is composed of different agencies led by Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu.

Leones said the task force will meet on Friday (November 27) to discuss recommendations on how to rehabilitate the typhoon-ravaged areas specifically Cagayan, Isabela, Bicol and Marikina. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Mga naapektuhan ng bagyong Rolly sa Camalig, Albay umaapela ng ayuda

Robie de Guzman   •   November 5, 2020

Humihingi ng dagdag na ayuda ang ilang residente sa bayan ng Camalig, Albay na lubhang naapektuhan ng bagyong Rolly.

Ayon kay Camalig Mayor Carlos Irwin Baldo Jr., pagkain at materyales sa pagpapatayo ng bahay ang pangunahing hinihiling ng mga residente na nawalan ng mga bahay sa pagragasa ng lahar noong kasagsagan ng pananalasa ng bagyo.

Ang mga apektadong pamilya ay mula sa Purok 6 at 7 ng Barangay San Francisco sa bayan ng Guinobatan at Barangay Ilawod sa bayan ng Camalig.

Halos 100 pamilya ang nawalan ng bahay matapos itong sirain at tabunan ng makapal na buhangin at lahar.

“Kasi yung mga natanggalan ng bubong, yung totally damaged, talagang kailangan ng housing materials, initially yun,” ang pahayag ni Baldo.

“Yung tubig naman kasi restored na yun ng water district namin. Kahit papaano ay ginagawa na rin ng water district yung sa tubig. Pero kung may maglalagay ng pwedeng mag-filter ng tubig na pwedeng gamitin na maiinom ng ating mga residente welcome din po yun,” dagdag pa niya.

Nanawagan rin ang alkalde sa mga grupong nais magbigay ng tulong sa mga biktima ng kalamidad na makipag-ugnayan sa mga otoridad para sa kaayusan ng pamamahagi. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Allan Manansala)

Phivolcs monitors Mt. Mayon after minor emissions

Marje Pelayo   •   December 4, 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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