Over 30k Albay residents flee home due to ‘Tisoy’

Robie de Guzman   •   December 2, 2019   •   811

LEGAZPI CITY – More than 30,000 families across the province of Albay were evacuated on Monday in anticipation of heavy rains brought about by Typhoon ‘Tisoy’, local disaster officials said.

Authorities said that since Sunday, a preemptive evacuation has been implemented in several Albay towns, including Guinobatan and Daraga, which are near Mayon Volcano slopes where huge volumes of lahar are deposited.

Residents within six to seven-kilometer danger zone of Mount Mayon were also told to flee their homes.

“Kami po ay naging more particular dito sa Mayon area natin… yung barangay Bujao, Alcala, Matnog, Bañadero at Kilicao, sila po yung vulnerable sa ating lahar at flood-prone area,” said Alex Comia, head of Daraga Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Other families near river channels that connect to Mayon Volcano slopes also voluntarily packed their bags to seek a temporary shelter for their safety.

They do not want a repeat of the disaster that occurred during the onslaught of Typhoon Reming in 2006, which killed more than a thousand and destroyed many houses after lahar and mudflows swept villages on several Albay towns and cities surrounding the volcano.

Aside from the threat of lahar flow, officials from the Albay Public Safety Emergency and Management Office (APSEMO) said they are also monitoring possible flooding, landslide and storm surges in the province due to ‘Tisoy’.

Authorities said relief items are being packed and positioned in strategic locations, and free medical assistance and medicines are being prepared for evacuees that may fall ill while their stay in temporary shelters.

“Ang paghahanda sa Tisoy ang unang-unang ginawa namin. Yung family preparedness kasi dalawa ang paghahanda — government at family pero mas importante yung family preparedness kasi una naming pinakita sa kanila ano ba yung hazard na kakaharapin nila,” Cedric Daep, APSEMO chief said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

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)

300 families in Albay evacuated due to possible Ulysses-induced lahar flow

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Around 300 families were evacuated in Guinobatan, Albay due to possible lahar flow that may be triggered by Typhoon Ulysses.

Families from Purok 6 and 7 of Barangay San Francisco in Guinobatan, Albay are currently staying at Mauraro National High School. Barangay San Francisco is among the areas heavily devastated by the lahar flow caused by Typhoon Rolly.

They were previously evacuated to Marcial O. Rañola Memory School during Typhoon Rolly but had to transfer to a different evacuation center after the area was also affected by lahar.

Several of the residents have been staying in evacuation centers for two weeks. One of the evacuees, Joan Berco, said she prefers to stay somewhere safe.

“Inilikas kami dito para maiwasan namin iyong tubig, tapos marami pang disgrasya sa amin doon kapag nandun kami (We were evacuated here to avoid the water and there will be more threat if we stayed at home),” she said.

The local government unit (LGU) assured there are enough relief goods for the families staying in evacuation centers. Meanwhile, residents in Camalig, Albay were also evacuated to safer facilities. AAC (with reports from Allan Manansala)

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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)

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