CAMP GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City (DWDD) – The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) – Response Cluster convened to discuss updates and preparations on Mayon Volcano’s eruption.
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Officer-in-Charge Emmanuel Leyco, the Response Cluster Vice Chair led the meeting. Also among the attendees were NDRRMC Executive Director and Office of Civil Defense Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, Science and Technology Undersecretary and PHIVOLCS Director Renato Solidum and representatives of other Response Cluster members.
Meanwhile, members of the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council Region 5 were able to join via Skype.
The convening of the council was due to the raising of PHIVOLCS to Alert Level 4 the current situation on Mayon, after it exhibited Hazardous Eruption a day ago.
Evacuation of affected residents is continuing, especially within the extended 8 kilometer radius danger zone. As of the latest report received by the NDRRMC, around 6,500 families or 25,000 individuals were forcibly evacuated to ensure their safety. These are from the towns of Camalig, Guinobatan, Ligao City, Maliliot, Santo Domingo, and Legazpi, all in Albay.
In the meantime, around 740 families or 3,000 individuals were reported to have temporarily stayed with relatives.
Since January 22, the NDRRMC is closely monitoring the volcanic activity of Mayon and its sorroundings and the plight of affected residents. AES / MCAG