It takes a great deal of comprehension to understand why Mayon evacuees are so resolute in defying the government order not to enter the permanent danger zone, particularly within eight kilometers.
From a farmer entrepreneur of Barangay Mabinit, Legazpi City has explained his reason why he is keep on coming back to his village – its simply for economic reason.
For this farmer entrepreneur his indubitable spirit is simply securing their livelihood sustainability, to make sure their source of revenue is safe and secure by the time they were ordered to go back to their village, they can start their new life after eruption.
His reason is being shared by almost all evacuees – because their villages are located within the permanent danger zone and their homes is where their stories of hope, dreams including despairs began.
Albeit their storylines are considered defiance to the local disasters risk managers, the evacuees stil manages to slip back to their homes and wily moving quietly on police and military chokepoints.
Their way of life in their own village is no match living temporarily inside tents or evacuation rooms is a torture, being away from the comforts of their own bedrooms and dining tables.
Every natural disaster, internally displaced families or communities are born – in other words the cause and effect is clearly defined here, that disasters and internally displaced are related.
Mayon eruption serves as an alarm to the policy makers of Albay that their governance should define the “sustainable development” in form and in substance in such a manner that evacuees do not look despondent for lack of basic services like emergency shelters, toilets and access to potable water supply.
In the present set up in Albay the established norms before is entirely different than what was before, particularly on the implementation of disaster response and mitigation plans.
The issues and concerns on rehabilitation and sustainability should be prioritized because natural disaster such as typhoons and volcano eruptions are no longer new to Albay.
An intervention that is needed in Albay will only become sustainable is to address the needs of the residents inside the danger zone – they need crops and livestocks insurance.
Insurance coverage on crops and livestock is a guarantee to their livelihood in times of volcano eruption. When they are indemnified they become empowered and sustainable.
Politically, it is imperative now to the local policymakers to understand and consider the word sustainability by focusing on the importance of place, permanence and person.
In doing so a sustainable economic framework will be inclusive to all Albayanos to include the marginal farmers, horticulturist, handicraft makers, skilled labors and livestock raisers living within the six-kilometers danger zone that would give a face to the human dimension that these a stakeholders are also a part of medium – term development goal.