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SMEC supplies P800 million worth of power to Albay

By Manly Ugalde

LEGAZPI CITY—Barely eight months since it took over the ailing Albay Electric Cooperative (Aleco), San Miguel Energy Corp. (SMEC) claimed it had already supplied over P800 million worth of power through its Albay Power Energy Corp. (Apec).

In a radio interview last week, Apec Information Officer Jane Rogando confirmed that Apec had already accumulated P800 million worth of power supply from SMEC since it started operating Aleco in January.

SMEC took over Aleco in January, the first cooperative to be privatized after successive failed efforts to rehabilitate it, the co-op had about P4 billion in debts.

Newly appointed Apec General Manager Manny Imperial said SMEC is not after turning profits in operating Aleco. He explained that the San Miguel Corp.-owned power firm is in Albay to contribute its share for corporate social responsibility.

Apec earlier promised to fully restore power in Albay by end-September, two-and-a-half months after Typhoon Glenda toppled lines on July 15. On Monday it said it has powered up 72 percent of the barangays.

Mayon eruption emerges as Albay’s biggest tourist event in 2014

(MST Business)

LEGAZPI CITY—Residents around the vicinity of Mayon volcano have been evacuated and brought safely to Albay’s 44 evacuation centers, but the volcano’s imminent eruption is emerging as the biggest 2014 tourist event.

Albay frowns on disaster tourism promotion, but the strong probability of a Mayon eruption has been drawing foreign tourists in droves.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said they evacuated residents living within Mayon’s six-kilometer radius danger zone and up to eight-kilometer extended buffer zone. He said the focus of attention was now in providing the needs of the 10,902 families or 46,674 people in the 44 evacuation centers across the province.

Officials of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology warned of a possible big blast of Mayon, due to a gargantuan lava dome that has accumulated at its crater in recent weeks.

More tourists were noted to have arrived in the province. The governor said tourists could pose some problems in their operations, “but there’s no way to stop them from watching the world’s most perfect cone volcano blows its top, which is a once in a lifetime chance.”

Visitors watch lava and pyroclastic materials cascade down Mayon’s southeastern slope, especially on clear nights.

Visitors come by bus or via the Legazpi domestic airport, which is not closed even during Alert 4 or 5 because it is 18 kilometers away from the crater and from the declared 6-km. radius permanent danger zone.

The Albay Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council prohibited activities near the volcano, including ATV (all-terrain vehicle) tours, trekking, playing golf at Doña Pepita Golf Course and all other activities within the permanent danger zone and extended buffer zone.

The recommended areas where tourists could view the volcano from a distance are Ligñon Hill, Cagsawa Ruins Park, Daraga Church, Legazpi City Boulevard, Taysan Hills and Quituinan Hills. The spectacle could be better viewed at night.

“Our objective is to make the surroundings so boring and the stage so uneventful that Mayon can have her solo show. Once endangered residents are evacuated, an eruption should actually be an engaging geological and touristic event,” said Salceda.

The governor said it was their policy not to promote disaster tourism “in respect to the dignity of displaced families; we would rather have Alert 0 and still gain a lot of tourists by investing in aggressive promotion rather than spend the same for protracted evacuation.”

Albay allows direct assistance in Mayon evacuation centers

By Joel Locsin /LBG (GMA News)

Groups planning donations and mercy missions for Mayon evacuees need not course their assistance through the Albay provincial government.

Albay Governor Jose Salceda said Sunday the camps for families evacuated from the danger zone around the restive volcano are "open city."

"Mayon Evacuation Camps are OPEN CITY. Donations, feeding or medical missions and other forms of assistance do not need prior approval and need not be coursed through the provincial government," he said in a post on his Facebook account.

Earlier, the provincial government sought assistance from the national government as it is running out of funds for the evacuees.

Albay officials had evacuated more than 11,000 families from danger zones extending up to eight kilometers around Mayon.

This was after the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised the alert level at Mayon to "3," meaning an eruption is possible in weeks.

Meanwhile, Salceda said health stations, manned by three RNs with EMTs, are in place in each of the 45 evacuation centers.

He said they "are only to take note of all activities inside the camp."

Palace ready to give further assistance to Albay amid Mayon threat

By Joel Locsin /LBG (GMA News)

Malacañang said Saturday it is ready to provide more help to Albay province amid the threat of an eruption from restive Mayon Volcano.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte gave the assurance as the province's local government indicated its emergency budget had been depleted.

“Handa tayo umalalay pagdating sa ganyang usapin. Kung ano pwede natin mai-provide,” Valte said on government-run dzRB radio.

On Friday, Albay Governor Jose Salceda said their P311-million quick response fund will only last until the weekend.

Salceda said the fund was spent mostly on the daily rice ration for the evacuees and the salary of 500 nurses they hired to watch over the health of the evacuees.

Meanwhile, a separate report by GMA News' Claire Delfin on GMA News TV's “Balitanghali” said various agencies have extended some P112.176 million in aid to Albay.

But the report said the local military also asked the communist New People's Army to stop fighting in the Albay area for now.

The military's Southern Luzon Command added many of those being assisted by soldiers are relatives of the rebels.

Albay seeks aid from nat’l govt amid Mayon threat

By Andrei Medina/KBK (GMA News)

The local government of Albay is seeking the help of the national government after the restiveness of Mayon volcano sapped the province's emergency budget, a report on “24 Oras” said Friday.

According to Albay Governor Joey Salceda, their P311 million quick response fund will only last until the weekend.

“We will issue a state of depletion on Sunday when it is depleted,” he said. “So we [still have] have thirty to thirty-one days of rice.”

He explained the fund was spent mostly on the daily rice ration for the evacuees and the salary of 500 nurses they commissioned to watch over the health of the evacuees.

Salceda also stressed that essential lifelines like water and sanitation, as well as rest and recreation, is continuously being provided to the evacuees.

In an earlier report, Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office head Dr. Cedric Daep said there were 11,982 families that had been evacuated and placed in 56 evacuation centers in the province due to the volcano's activity.

Meanwhile, the Social Welfare Department and the Office of Civil Defense have sent relief goods for evacuees in Albay which are estimated to extend ration supplies to an additional 31 days.

Aside from the volcano's possible eruption, ashfall also threatens at least eight areas in Albay, namely Camalig, Guinobatan, Pio Duran, Daraga, Jovellar, Ligao, Oas and Polangui.

As of Friday, Mayon showed more signs of activity, with the PHIVOLCS recording nine volcanic quakes and six rockfall events in the last 24 hours.

Volcanologists say lull in Mayon rumbling could be deceptive

By Ma. April Mier (Inquirer Southern Luzon)

LEGAZPI CITY—The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said Mayon Volcano is now exhibiting a behavior similar to what it displayed in 1984 when there was a lull before the volcano erupted.

Eduardo Laguerta, Phivolcs resident volcanologist at the Ligñon Hill Observatory here, said the volcano showed a lull in activity for two weeks before the 1984 eruption, which did not bring any casualty but led to the evacuation of at least 73,000 people.

“What Mayon is telling us is to look back at the 1984 eruption wherein there was a lull of two weeks, then early morning of Sept. 23 it exploded, resulting in a scar, or destruction of, (on) the crater wall sliding to southeast of Mayon,” he said.

Phivolcs referred to the 1984 eruption as “vulcanian type,” in which there were explosions similar to those produced by cannons being fired.

Boulders, lava

These explosions, said the volcanologist, had short intervals. During this episode, the Phivolcs said, the volcano spewed boulders the size of houses and discharged glowing lava.

Laguerta said the volcano has been on a lull for five days now as indicated by fewer quakes. It means the volcano is simmering down but volcanologists said the possibility of eruption is still there.

In its Sept. 24 bulletin, Phivolcs recorded no volcanic quake, four rock fall events while the amount of sulfur dioxide that the volcano emits has fallen to 569 tons per day compared to 1,048 tons per day recorded on Sept. 22.

Laguerta said the decrease in volcanic quakes and rock fall events are effects of the slow movement of magma to the crater but this does not mean that the volcano has calmed down as signs of eruption are still there, like reduced sulfur dioxide emission.

“The sulfur dioxide emission has lessened but this means that the volcano is building up more strength or pressure for a big eruption,” Laguerta said.

Lava dome

He said Mayon’s alert level could not be lowered because the accumulation of lava is still highly visible. Phivolcs raised Mayon’s alert level to 3 on Sept. 15, which means the volcano would erupt in weeks.

According to the Phivolcs, the lava dome is now nearly 46 meters high with an estimated volume of 563,604 cubic meters, which is equivalent to more than 141,000 truckloads of rocks that would explode should there be an eruption.

Laguerta said recent aerial survey showed the lava dome is tilted to the southeastern side of the volcano so areas on this side would be exposed to pyroclastic flow and even lava flow.

These areas, which are within the six-to eight-kilometer

extended danger zone, include 32 villages in Legazpi City and the municipalities of Camalig, Daraga and Sto. Domingo.

Albay’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said at least 86,961 people need to be evacuated in these areas should eruption be imminent and the alert level is raised to 4.

Albay gov't gives out 'conjugal access cards' to married evacuees

By Ma. April Mier, Michael B. Jaucian (philstar.com)

MANILA, Philippines — The Albay provincial government will distribute "conjugal access cards" to couples in evacuation centers amid a raised alert level 3 due to the potentially dangerous behavior of the Mayon Volcano.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said that the local government may soon rent out motel units for married evacuees to avoid incidences that children witness couples doing the sexual act in areas around the evacuation camps.

"Rerenta siguro kami ng mga motel, next week pa naman," Salceda said in an interview Wednesday on ANC.

The access cards, however, will only be given to the women, implying an effort to thwart occasions of sexual abuse.

Local authorities, however, do not have measures to ensure that only married couples are given discounted or free access to the rooms.

"It's up to her," Salceda said, referring to any woman who will secure a conjugal access card.

Salceda said that the project was first explored in 2009 when the volcano manifested similar signs of possible eruption.

About 11,255 families were moved from within the 8-kilometer radius and other vulnerable areas near the Mayon.

Albay classes resume in tent schools

By Ma. April Mier, Michael B. Jaucian (Inquirer Southern Luzon)

LEGAZPI CITY—Classes will resume today in donated tents for over 50,000 students whose schools are being used as evacuation centers in the face of the possible eruption of Mayon Volcano in Albay province.

The provincial government received 155 tents from the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), which served as classrooms after the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) raised alert level 3 over Mayon on Sept. 15.

Classes have been suspended in 38 schools now being used as temporary shelters and those within the 6-kilometer radius permanent danger zone, affecting a total of 51,634 students. The figure includes 14,710 student evacuees, Assistant Education Secretary Reynaldo Laguda told the Inquirer.

The Unicef tents arrived over the weekend for distribution to the evacuation centers. On Saturday, the Army’s 2nd Infantry Battalion put up five tents with a floor area of 54 square meters and 10 tents with an area of 42-sq m in Guinobatan town. They delivered 10 42-sq m tents to Camalig town.

Laguda said 542 classrooms were being used as evacuation shelters but the tents numbered only 155. He said students, especially those in the elementary grades, would be grouped to morning and afternoon shifts so that classes could resume immediately.

Teachers in the affected areas would conduct the emergency classes, he added.

Regional Director Ramon Fiel Abcede of the Department of Education in Bicol said in a text message that despite the lack of facilities, especially armchairs, classes would resume on Tuesday.

Some students could sit on the floor while others could take other chairs not being used by the evacuees, Abcede said.

At Guinobatan West Central School, classes resumed on Monday, with around 200 pupils crowding one room. Evacuees from Barangay (village) Doña Tomasa were occupying the other rooms.

The school principal, Eden Cardoso, said Grades 1 to 3 pupils would use the rooms in the morning while those in Grades 4 to 6 would use them in the afternoon.

Crisencia Oro, a Grade 3 teacher, said the children could not focus on their lessons but a colleague, Misalina Rontas, said the setup was better than leaving the children at home doing nothing.

Rontas said she expected the situation to ease up when the tents are put up.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said 1,025 classroom-tents, 55,000 chairs and 57 comfort rooms were still needed.

At Camalig North Central School, a medical team of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Southern Luzon Command based in Camp Nakar in Lucena City came to provide medical services to the evacuees.

A military doctor, Capt. Donne Framil, said most of the children were suffering from cough, flu, fever and other ailments, while the elderly were experiencing high blood pressure due to extreme heat and poor ventilation.

“Rashes and eczema are also prominent,” he said.

Cecil Marquez said her 8-month-old baby girl could not sleep at night and was crying most of the time because of difficulty in breathing. “I am very happy that military doctors and nurses are here to conduct medical checkups,” she said.

In Ligao, the city government conducted on Sunday psychosocial activities for thousands of evacuees who have been staying at National Housing Authority units in Barangay Tuburan for nearly a week. They were treated to parlor games, enlivened by the presence of mascot Dora the Explorer, and enjoyed a three-hour film showing.

Phivolcs said the possibility of Mayon’s eruption remained despite a slowdown in activity. On Monday, three volcanic earthquakes and 13 rockfall occurrences were recorded, compared with Sunday’s four volcanic earthquakes and eight rockfall events.

Eduardo Laguerta, Phivolcs resident volcanologist based in this city, had earlier stressed that the decrease in activity could mean that the rise of magma has stopped temporarily. Mayon might just be preparing for a possible eruption as pressure inside increases, he said.

Albay execs bracing for worst-case scenario

By Cet Dematera (With Celso Amo, The Philippine Star)

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines – Officials in the province of Albay are still bracing for a worst case scenario despite the lull in the abnormal activities of Mayon Volcano in the past three days.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda told The STAR that provincial officials cannot be complacent in the ongoing preparations for a full-blown eruption despite the decrease in the number of volcanic earthquakes and rockfall events since Thursday.

Only four volcanic earthquakes and eight rockfall events were recorded by the Lignon Observatory here in the past 24 hours, according to the latest bulletin of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Mayon’s status remained at Alert Level 3 yesterday.

However, Phivolcs-Bicol chief volcanologist Ed Laguerta said that since the collapsed crater wall facing Legazpi City is almost completely patched up, lava could now flow down to any direction, endangering all cities and towns around the volcano.

“It’s now to whom it may concern,” said Salceda.

“We cannot take chances that might compromise the safety of our residents. No way. The preparations would continue until, at least, the three-month long wait is over,” he added.

He also said that changes in the contingency plans would only be made should Phivolcs make the recommendation depending on the behavior of Mayon.

“In fact, we already declared Albay as an open city, so that help would pour in without much bureaucratic hindrances,” Salceda added.

Cedric Daep, chief of the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office, said that the agency is preparing to provide the needs of the evacuees that might reach 11,000 families should Alert Level 4 be declared by Phivolcs.

“We had this many evacuees during the 2009 eruption episode of Mayon. We will brace for it again,” Daep told The STAR.

Except for the 1993 sudden explosion of Mayon that caught Albay by surprise and killed at least 77 farmers at the upper slope of the volcano, no fatality was recorded in the eruptions in 2000, 2006 and 2009.

But on May 7, 2013, at least five mountain climbers and a Filipino tour guide were killed when Mayon had a sudden phreatic explosion. The volcano did not show abnormal precursors.

DOST-Bicol opens grant of civil service eligibility to science teachers, researchers

By Danny O. Calleja [(PNA), CTB/FGS/DOC/CBD/RSM]

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 21 (PNA) –- Bicolanos who have worked in the field of science and technology (S&T) for a required number of years may now avail of the civil service eligibility grant that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) regional office here has opened up for grabs.

Qualified to apply are those who have at least a bachelor’s degree in any of the following fields of study: Natural Sciences (Astronomy/Biological/Geological); Mathematics and Information and Communication Technology; Engineering Sciences and other Disciplines (Environmental and Food Sciences).

An applicant must also have at least three years of continuous experience in related research and/or teaching works and a part-time or full-time teaching position and/or actively doing research at the time of filing the application.

Teaching experiences in the academe--college level at least-- in the major field of specialization and academic in nature, leading to a baccalaureate, master or doctoral degree are also required.

To qualify further, the duties, responsibilities and participation of applicants in research must be technical in nature, or has a earned a master’s degree with thesis or doctoral degree in the mentioned fields of study from a school recognized by the Commission of Higher Education or has a patented invention as certified by the Intellectual Property Office – Philippines.

Applications must be in duly accomplished Civil Service (CS) Form 101-C, Revised Dec. 2001 together with required attachments such as three pieces of passport-size picture in standard close-up shot, bare face, colored with white background, showing left and right ears and with handwritten name tag.

Other attachments are five copies each of the following documents: duly certified statement of duties and responsibilities; original and photocopy of transcript of records and diploma (the original copy shall be returned to the applicant after authentication of photocopy; recommendation of application from the office or school head stating the assessment of the applicant’s research or teaching proficiency; and list of S&T subjects taught/being taught and the duration of teaching said subjects, duly certified by the school dean (using the prescribed form).

Other documents like published research paper or technical reports for conducted scientific researches or research still in progress in certified true copies by authorities to whom the original copies were submitted indicating the start and end dates; and certification of research proficiency from the office head indicating the title of scientific research projects, applicant’s participation and/or responsibilities in the research projects and certificate of patented invention if applicable.

All these requirements must be submitted together with assessment fee of Php 200 in cash or postal money order payable to DOST-Science Education Institute, DOST Regional Director Tomas Briñas over the weekend said.

This CS eligibility offering, he said, is in accordance with Presidential Decree 997 that provides for Scientific and Technological Specialist Eligibility Grant on the bases of applicants’ qualifications and requirements of public service.

It was established to give emphasis to scientific and technological programs as well as to recruit more personnel into government service through the issuance of Scientific and Technological Specialist Eligibility.

This eligibility shall be considered for first- and second-level positions in the government not covered by Bar, Board and other special laws.

Such eligibility, according to Briñas, also qualifies the grantee for appointment to appropriate government positions in the scientific and technological fields, provided that the grantee meets all other requirements for appointment.

“DOST-Bicol looks forward to more Bicolano STS Eligibility Grantees and be counted as such in the country’s manpower complement,” Briñas added.

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