Dárlán Páléncìá Bárcélón
Legazpi City, [09.25.17] – At least 31 local tourists from Metro Manila were held and slapped with PhP5,000.00 fine each after they violated Albay Provincial Ordinance #0023-2013, otherwise known as An Ordinance Prescribing for Mayon Volcano Natural Park Trekking and Providing Penalty thereof, Malilipot Municipal Police Station report said.
According to Police Chief Inspector Arthur Ramirez Gomez, the Public Information Officer of the Albay Police Provincial Office, a team of Malilipot Municipal Police Station led by Senior Police Officer 4 Dennis Biron proceeded to Purok 2, Barangay San Roque to fetch the mountaineers.
The mountaineers were stopped by the authorities to proceed their climb to Mayon Volcano for lack of proper coordination and necessary permit from the Department of Tourism and Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
The group of local mountaineers male started their trek in Barangay Bongga, Bacacay, Albay at 4:00 o’ clock in the morning of Sunday, but were intercepted by the authorities at 10:00 o’ clock today at the vicinity of Purok 2 , Barangay San Roque.
The following mountain climbers were identified as follows:
- Jeff Mansibang y Barrientos, 31 years old of 0103 Silangan Road, Barangay Bayog, Los Baños,Laguna 2.Dickson Solomon y Palmero,39 years old, truck driver of Block 53, Lot 24 Saint Joseph Village, Cabuyao, Laguna, 3. April Besinga y Menil, 25 years old, Call Center Agent, of 339 Chico Street, Pasig City, 4.Jomar Lipumano y Aragon, 25 years old, Real Estate Broker of 102 P. Tuazon Street, Cubao Quezon City 5. Amadeus Reyes y Ortiz,28 years old, Interior Designer of 22 R. Palma Street,Parang, Marikina City, 6. Marie Vivien Del Rosario y Cristobal, 37 years old of 1 Marulas Street, Reyes Compound, Valenzuela City, 7. Leslie Ann Bartolome y Baltizo, 27 years old resident of 724-D Geronimo Street, Sampaloc, Manila, 8. Rona Sumulong y Mendoza, 26 years old, Call Center Agent of 185 Marindal Street, Valenzuela City, 9. Philip Benjamin Sison y Oaferina,27 years old Project Engineer of Block 1, Lot 11, Golden Village, Kalsadang Bago 2,Imus, Cavite, 10. Herlen Bernel y Caper, 30 years old, Executive Accountant of 567 San Rafael Street, Plain View, Mandaluyong City, 11. Micah Yago, y Gallardo, 25 years old, Senior Fund Accountant of Awaheim Unit, 3H California Garden Square, Mandaluyong City, 12. Gabriel Edilberto y Croe, 25 years old, Music Instructor of Room 901,Thomasian Residences, España Makati City, 13. Maricris Dasco y Mariano,23 years old, Call Center Agent of Malaya Street,Sapang Alat Road, Pangarap, Caloocan City,14. Alyssa Symer Sabidong y Milan, 22 years old, engineer of 1009-C Ilaya, Mandaluyong City, 15. Mark Jolo Cabela y Cruz,20 years old, Call Center Agent, of Celia Panginay, Balagtas, Bulacan,Juan Carlos Luarca y Teruel, 27 years old,Nurse of 1835 B, Cahilum 1, Pandacan, Manila,16. Erickson Ometa y Osit, 28 years old, Information Technology of Mandaluyong City, 17. Alven Abanez y Baniel, 26 years old, Chemist of 132 San Rafael Cruz, Santolan, Pasig City,18. Dave Kurt Pillaza y Formoso, 23 years old of Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, 19. Jonix Gayas y Ponquillo, 36 years old, Information Technology of Block 5, Lot 1, Biñan, Laguna,20. Sydney Saw Galmero y Orendain, 31 years old, Office Secretary, Philip Street, Multinational Village, Parañaque City, 21. Ryan Ambas y Marasigan,32 years old, Autocad Designer of 2104 Apolonia Street, Barangay Mapulang Lupa, Valenzuela City, 22. Aia Obel y Divera, 29 years old of 88 19th Avenue, Murphy, Barangay San Roque, Quezon City, 23. Faye Batara y Tacadena, 23 years old of Pembo,Makati City, 24. Jeffrey Rodriguez y Arcigal, 33 years old Seaman of 30 Baesa Road, Caloocan City, 25. John Borcelio, 24 years old, Call Center Agent of Rosario, Pasig City, 26. Joemarie Lampago y Escosura, 26 years old of Santa Ana, Manila, 27. She-she Valois y Pador, 32 years old of Imus, Cavite, 28. Melissa Del Mundo y Magpantay, 28 years old of Santo Niño,Muntinlupa City, 29. Orlando, Jr, Rangas y Labios, Seaman of Gainhalman, Silay City, Negros Occidental, 30. Ian Maghoyop y Mendeña of #25, Gonzales Street, Las Piñas, City.
Meanwhile, Albay Provincial Tourism Officer, Dorothy F. Colle has informed them on their Violations of Section 11 of the Provincial Ordinance #0023-2013, Otherwise known as An Ordinance Prescribing for Mayon Volcano Natural Park Trekking and Providing Penalty thereof.
The organizer and the group was required to pay the corresponding penalty in the amount of PhP5,000.00 at the Albay Provincial Treasurer’s Office Violations of Provincial Ordinance for not coordinating with local tourism office.
The mountaineers are presently under the supervision pending the payment of penalty to the Provincial Treasurer’s Office.
Provincial Ordinance #0023-2013 was enacted by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Albay in 2013, as a safety mechanism of the province of Albay for tourists, after a tragic phreatic explosion in May 7, 2013 that killed and injured tourists who were trekking in the gully of Mayon volcano located in Malilipot side.
Five climbers were killed while seven others were injured when Mayon Volcano spewed ash.
Four of the fatalities were foreigners who were crushed by large rocks triggered by the ash explosion along with their Filipino tour guide.
Six of the seven injured were identified as:
Nithi Ruangpisit (Thai)
Tanut Ruchipiyrak (Thai)
Sabine Strohberger (Austrian)
Bernard Hernandez (Filipino)
Calixto Balunso (Filipino)
Kenneth Jesalva (Filipino)
The 2013 was organized by a local tour organizer started their climb in Bongga, Bacacay, Albay and met the tragedy while climbing the ravine towards the volcano’s crater situated in the gully of Malilipot, Albay.