23 million cubic meters volcanic debris, heavy rainfalls and flash floods poses possible threaths to villages around Mayon Volcano.


Dárlán Páléncìá Bárcélón




APSEMO Building. File photo/www.philexaminer.com

APSEMO Building. File photo/www.philexaminer.com

Legazpi City, [09.12.18] – The Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office [APSEMO] the possible suspension of classes from Kindergarten up to High School levels tomorrow if Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services [PAGASA] will issue a public storm signal #1 in Albay on the approaching Typhoon Mangkhut .

According to Dr. Cedric D. Daep, the head of APSEMO he was directed by Albay Governor Al Francis C. Bichara to carefully study the forthcoming weather disturbance and the possible issuance of a provincial advisory.

Today APSEMO is crafting a draft on the suspension of classes and the office of the Provincial Governor might issue an advisory this afternoon.

Aside from the suspension of classes, a no-sailing policy of small seacrafts in the entire province might be enforced tomorrow.

The APSEMO is looking at four scenarios in case the state weather agency place Albay under public storm signal #1 tomorrow. These are the following scenarios: the typhoon may directly hit by the typhoon, the province might be hit by the typhoon on its edge,  suffering a hit on its edge might still bring destructions to lives and properties, and the typhoon will pull the south winds that might bring floodings and landslides.

The APSEMO concerns as of the press time is the lahar and other volcanic debris around Mayon Volcano, Daep said.

In the same vein PHIVOLCS head, Ed Laguerta also revealed the presence of 23 million cubic meters loose volcanic materilas deposited around the volcano and is much bigger to the previous existing volcanic debris.

Meanwhile, the Office of Civil defense-5 has placed Bicol region under a Blue Alert status and has directed all local government units’ disaster risks reduction to stay close in their monitoring on the approaching typhoon.