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Continuous seismic, volcanic activity in Mayon

By Edwin Joseph Castañeda (Sunnex)

THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has recorded three volcanic earthquakes during the past 24 hours in the area around Mayon Volcano in Albay.

The volcano, which exhibited seismic and volcanic activity earlier this year, remains at Alert Level 3, which means that magma is at the crater and that hazardous eruption is possible within weeks.

The Phivolcs said Mayon has been emitting white steam plumes and showed inflation at the base of the mountain.

Although crater glow was not observed Thursday night due to rain clouds covering the summit, sulfur dioxide flux was measured at 448 tonnes on October 30.

All the data indicate that the volcano is still in a state of unrest due to the movement of potentially eruptible magma, it added.

With this, Phivolcs recommended that the 6-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone around the volcano and the 7-kilometer Extended Danger Zone on the southeastern flank be enforced due to the danger of rock falls, landslides and sudden explosions or dome collapse that may generate hazardous volcanic flows.

As of Friday, the agency has been closely Mayon's activity.

Albay provincial govt on half-day work on Oct. 31

By Joel Locsin /LBG (GMA News)

To allow its employees to prepare for Undas (All Saints' and All Souls' Days), the Albay provincial government has declared a half-day work for Friday, Oct. 31.

Albay Governor Jose Salceda said this is in lieu of any proclamation by Malacañang that Oct. 31 would be a non-working day.

"Since as of 8 a.m. today there is no proclamation of an Oct. 31 holiday, then in so far as the employees of the Provincial Government of Albay, their Department Heads are authorized and enjoined to order early dismissal after lunch tomorrow, Oct. 31, to 'give full opportunity to our people to properly observe All Saints Day and All Souls Day with all its religious fervor, which invariably requires them to travel to and from different regions of the country,'" Salceda said on his social media account.

Salceda has been busy with taking care of families evacuated from the danger zone around restive Mayon Volcano, which the Philippine Institute of Volcanology said threatens to erupt in weeks.

On Thursday, Salceda joined the ranks of those asking Malacañang to declare Oct. 31 a special nonworking day so people can have more time to prepare to pay respect to their dearly departed.

He cited Proclamation 265 in 2011, which declared the day before All Saints' Day a nonworking day.

"I certainly recom(mend) declaring Oct. 31 a special nonworking day as same basis for Proclamation 265 (Oct. 31, 2011) exists – to “give full opportunity to our people to properly observe the day with all its religious fervor, which invariably requires them to travel to and from different regions of the country,'” he said.

Malacañang earlier dashed hopes for a long weekend for Undas (All Saints' and All Souls' Days) this year.

Presidential Communications Operations Office head Herminio Coloma Jr. said Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. confirmed Oct. 31 is a regular working day.

However, some schools such as University of Santo Tomas suspended classes starting Oct. 30 for Undas.

The University of the Philippines Manila and Diliman campuses are suspending classes effective Friday afternoon.

Salceda vows to pursue Luzon plan

(MST Business)

LEGAZPI CITY — The Luzon Area Development Coordinating Council recently elected Albay Gov. Joey Salceda as chairman. Salceda, who also heads the Bicol Regional Development Council, vowed to pursue the 2045 Luzon Plan, which is now on the drafting board.

LADCC is a cluster of eight RDCs tasked to stir and steer the economic direction of mainland Luzon, the hub of the country’s business and economy and seat of the national government. It comprises 38 provinces and 771 cities and municipalities.

Salceda’s economic expertise and knowledge in the field of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction were deemed urgent factors in charting the economic development of Luzon through the LDACC.

His election is Salceda’s second time to hold a Luzon-wide post. The first was when he was elected by a cluster of five RDCs two years ago. He was also elected president of all RDC chairpersons in the country in 2012, and sat in the National Economic Development Authority board representing the country’s 17 regions.

Salceda is credited for Bicol’s impressive economic rise in so short a time. The Bicol Region is constantly battered by natural calamities but posted a record 9.4-percent growth last year to become the country’s fastest growing region, faster than the National Capital Region’s 9.1-percent growth rate.

Salceda said LADCC would initially lay out its Luzon 2045 Plan, under which its 2015-2045 spatial development plan framework would be formulated. It will basically be a plan for growth, integration and climate adaptation of the area.

The new LADCC chair said Luzon 2045 Plan would take into account the concentration or distribution of population based on hierarchy and growth; connectivity or seamless integration of urban, production and protection areas through transport and infrastructure development; vulnerability reduction or hazard mitigation and protection of elements at risk, and enhancement of adaptive capabilities.

Decampment of Mayon evacuees from extended danger zone mulled

(ANC Dateline Philippines)

Albay officials are considering decamping evacuees from the 8-kilometer extended danger zone around Mayon Volcano.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the volcano has remained relatively quiet the past week, and resources for 12,000 families are dwindling.

The Phivolcs said only residents from inside the 6 to 7-kilometer permanent danger zone may remain in evacuation centers.

DepEd builds 300 rooms for Albay kids

By Michael B. Jaucian (Inquirer Southern Luzon)

LEGAZPI CITY—The Department of Education (DepEd) has built 300 temporary classrooms in Albay province to accommodate thousands of pupils displaced due to the heightened unrest of Mayon Volcano.

The temporary classrooms will be used by pupils whose classrooms are now occupied by evacuees from Mayon’s danger zones and also by children of the evacuated families who have not been able to go to their schools, according to DepEd Bicol director Ramon Abcede.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro visited the province on Friday to check the condition of the evacuees, students and teachers occupying the temporary classrooms, also known as temporary learning spaces (TLS), that cost P18 million to build.

Abcede said each unit was built at a cost of P60,000 and could accommodate up to 50 students.

Abcede, in a phone interview, said Luistro visited the TLS units in evacuation centers at San Jose Elementary School in Malilipot town, Mayon Elementary School in Tabaco City, California Village in Kawa-Kawa Hill in Barangay (village) Tuburan in Ligao City, Guinobatan East Central School in Guinobatan town and Cabangan Elementary school in Camalig town.

Abcede said Luistro was impressed with the TLS as it would become the model for the DepEd’s calamity response program.

He said Luistro thanked the Philippine Army Engineering Brigade and the evacuees who worked for free to build the TLS units.

According to Abcede, tent classrooms that had been donated by the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) were also visited by Luistro.

Abcede said the DepEd equipped the tents with native mats to serve as temporary ceilings to ease the heat inside the rooms.

The provincial government received 155 tents to serve as classrooms from Unicef after the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised alert level 3 over Mayon on Sept. 15, prompting the evacuation of over 54,000 individuals to school buildings that were turned into evacuation centers.

About 50,000 students were affected when their schools were made into evacuation centers.

P61.5M released to help Mayon evacuees


THE Aquino administration has released P61.5 million to the Albay provincial government to augment their relief operations in assisting evacuees affected by the impending eruption of Mayon Volcano.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said Sunday that the Albay provincial government is working closely with other government agencies to ensure the well-being of all affected families in evacuation centers.

"We are confident that Albay Governor Joey Salceda and his team will be able to direct their relief operations with the appropriate support from the national government," he said in a statement.

The areas surrounding Mayon Volcano have been evacuated given the possibility of an eruption due to the presence of magma at the crater and a number of earthquakes in the past week, as reported by the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Sunday morning showed that 11,859 families or 47,190 persons were still inside the evacuation centers.

Abad said the government continues to monitor the situation in Albay.

"We want to reassure the public that the National Budget can properly support contingencies like this. We have enough in the NDRMM and Quick Response Funds to draw on in the event of disasters, and our agencies and local governments are prepared to act quickly should an emergency arise," he said.

Illness a problem in temporary classrooms in Mayon-affected

By Joel Locsin / DVM (GMA News)

Diseases and heat loom as the biggest problems in the temporary learning spaces set up for students in areas affected by restive Mayon Volcano.

Many parents and even teachers had complained of the heat in these facilities, GMA Bicol's Maila Aycocho reported on GMA News TV's "Balita Pilipinas Ngayon" on Friday.

Also, parents and teachers lamented that students were falling ill inside the tents being used as temporary classrooms, as these do not offer adequate protection from the rain.

On Friday, Department of Education officials visited some of the centers in hopes of addressing some of the issues.

Students have been attending class in these temporary learning spaces because their schools are being used as evacuation centers.

More than 12,000 families had been evacuated from the danger zone around the volcano since the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised the alert level to 3.

Alert Level 3 means an eruption was likely in weeks.

World Vision rolls out relief operations in Albay

By Raffy Cabristante / VS (GMA News)

World Vision, a Christian humanitarian aid organization, on Friday said it has rolled out relief operations for evacuees displaced by the restive Mayon Volcano in Albay.

The organization, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), now targets to help more than 5,000 affected families in 13 evacuation centers in Guinobatan, Daraga, Camalig, and Sto. Domingo, it said in a statement.

World Vision's assistance includes water tanks and filtration systems, repair and construction of water facilities and toilets.

Rubber mats, pails and dippers, bath and laundry soaps, and other basic non-food items are also being delivered directly to where evacuees are staying. This is to avoid long queues during distribution of relief goods, World Vision noted.

"From monitoring the Mayon situation, we deem it necessary to augment government relief efforts and assist the growing hygiene and sanitation needs in evacuation centers to keep families safe," World Vision Philippine executive director Josaias dela Cruz said.

Over 12,000 families were forced to evacuate a month after the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised the status of Mayon Volcano to Alert Level 3.

World Vision is one of the largest child-focused organizations pushing for the passage of the Children Emergency Relief and Protection Act, which aims to institutionalize child protection and participation in disaster risk reduction.

Phivolcs to place sturdier markers around Mayon’s danger zone

By Joel Locsin / KG (GMA News)

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology will place sturdier markers defining the danger zone around restive Mayon Volcano, after finding some of the markers may have been moved.

Phivolcs also expects a team of geodetic engineers to arrive in Albay Thursday to determine where the markers should be placed, according to radio dzBB's Carlo Mateo on Thursday.

A separate report by GMA News' John Consulta on GMA News TV's News to Go indicated the new markers may be made of concrete.

The markers would help authorities evacuate families from the danger zone, especially after Phivolcs had raised the alert level at Mayon to "3" since mid-September.

Under Alert Level 3, an eruption is possible within weeks.

More than 12,000 families in the danger zone had been moved to evacuation centers.

Climate walkers reach Albay

By Bong Lozada (PR)

LEGAZPI CITY -- Over a thousand people participated in the Albay leg of the “People’s Walk for Climate Justice” Wednesday.

Albay Governor Joey Salceda welcomed them who have walked a distance of 500 kilometers and are now more than halfway in their quest to reach Tacloban City by November 8, the first anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda’s (Haiyan) historic landfall in the Philippines.

“Albay welcomes these climate advocates, our modern-day heroes who are raising awareness on climate change and are fighting the climate fight on behalf of millions of Filipinos who are bearing the brunt of extreme weather events that often cause disasters and human misery,” said Salceda.

A staunch supporter of the climate revolution and a champion for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation efforts, Governor Salceda spent his birthday by joining the climate walkers.

Hailed by the UN as the role model on good practices on disaster risk reduction program, Albay province consistently follows through with its goal of “zero casualty” in times of calamities whether it be from typhoons, landslides, floods, storm surges. This goal will again be put to a test with the pending eruption of Mayon Volcano.

The province is also lauded for its climate change adaptation (CCA) efforts, with Governor Salceda being the prime mover of the CCA program that led to a commitment between national and local government.

“Albay has a zero casualty policy as far as disaster impact is concerned. We have also created the institutional frameworks to deal both with climate change and disaster risks, and have set aside budgets to reduce future risks from the impacts of climate change, including through our work to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Dealing with climate change and disaster risks is the responsibility of chief executives of local government and cannot be delegated or outsourced,” Salceda added.

Ron Villafuerte, a Greenpeace volunteer climate walker and a proud native of Bicol, called on the leaders of other cities to follow suit and transition to a more resilient, low carbon pathway.

“The Philippines can lead the climate revolution if we replicate the efforts and commitments done by Albay province to the rest of the country,” he said.

Now on its 21st day, the climate walk seeks to raise awareness on climate change by getting commitments from local policymakers and holding climate programs in communities, schools and local government offices, sharing stories of local folk on the ground and mobilizing people in demanding world leaders to take climate action and holding big industry polluters and their respective governments accountable for their contribution to the climate crisis.

“Imagine what the world would be like if we had more progressive leaders that value nature and the environment, to ensure a habitable planet for all their citizens. I dedicate this walk to support the call for climate justice because I refuse to succumb to a life that is doomed to the impacts of climate change,” said Villafuerte.

For more information on the Climate Walk: A People’s Walk for Climate Justice, go to

Pagasa observes 400-m Mayon lava flow

By Bong Lozada (

MANILA, Philippines—A lava flow on Mayon Volcano, which happened on Sunday, was seen to etch its side 300 meters to 400 meters downhill, the volcanology institute said Tuesday.

In perspective, a 300-meter to 400-meter track is approximately as long as four football pitches or 14 basketball courts.

In its Mayon bulletin, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the lava flow happened on Sunday but was investigated through an aerial survey on Monday.

Mayon recorded four volcanic earthquakes from 8 a.m. Monday0 to 8 a.m. Tuesday with three rockfall events.

Moderate emission of white steam plumes drifting southwest and west-northwest was also observed.

Also, Phivolcs observed a faint crater glow at the volcano’s peak Monday evening.

Sulfur dioxide flux was recorded at 272 metric tons per day on Monday.

Mayon Volcano remains on alert level 3.

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