(Legazpi City, Enero 18, 2023) – Pinirmahan na ni Albay Governor Edcel ‘Grex’ Lagman ang Executive Order (EO) No. 2 kung saan nakapalaman ang mga bagong alituntunin (guidelines) sa pagsuspendi ng klase sa buong lalawigan tuwing nakararanas ng sama ng panahon.
Ang hakbang na ito ay kaugnay nang napaulat na kalituhan sa ilang mga paaralan kaugnay nang pagpapalabas ng suspensyon sa klase.
Sa nasabing guidelines, nakapaloob ang responsibilidad sa pagsuspendi ng klase ay magmumula sa Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) Chairman (Governor), City / Municipal Disaster Management (DRRM) Chairman (Mayors) at Division / City Schools Superintendent ng Kagawaran ng Edukasyon.
Base sa pamantayan (criteria), ang localized suspension of classes o ang pagbibigay ng pahintulot sa mga mayors at mga pinuno ng mga pampubliko at pribadong paaralan sa alinmang bayan o lungsod sa Albay na magsuspendi ng klase tuwing makararanas ng Thunderstorms, Northeast Monsoon o Amihan, Southwest Monsoon o Habagat o kaya naman Shear Line o Cold Front. Ang mga weather systems na ito ang nagdudulot ng malalakas na pag-ulan at pagbaha na maaaring magdulot ng pinsala at kapahamakan sa mga mamamayan.
Samantala, ang general suspension o pangkalahatang pagsuspendi ng klase ay magmumula sa PDRRMC Chairman o ng Gobernador ng lalawigan tuwing mayroong banta dulot ng isang Active Low Pressure Area o ang Trough of Low Pressure, Tropical Depression, Tropical Storm, Severe Tropical Storm, bagyo o Super Typhoon at Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).
Maliban dito, ipapatupad naman ang mandatory class suspension kabilang ang work suspension kung ang lalawigan ay nasa ilalim ng Tropical Cyclone Warning Signals No. 1,2 at 3 at kung umabot sa yellow to orange rainfall warning mula sa PAGASA.
Asahan rin sa ipinalabas na kautusan ang pre-emptive Suspension of Classes sa panahon na mamataan ang patuloy na pagtaas ng tubig na maaring mag dulot ng banta nang mga pagbaha, pagguho ng lupa, lahar, storm surge o ang mapaminsalang hangin.
Kaugnay nito, nabanggit rin sa kautusan na papayagan lamang ang mga estudyante na makauwi sa kanilang mga tahanan kung kasama nito ang kani-kanilang mga magulang o bantay o kaya naman kung kumalma na ang kalagayan ng panahon.
Kinakailang rin base sa kautusan na maipalabas ang suspensyon ng klase at trabaho nang hindi lalagpas sa alas 5:30 ng umaga o kaya alas 11:30 ng tanghale para sa mga radyo, TV o alinmang mabilisang paraan ng pagpapaabot ng impormasyon.
Ikinokonsidera rin ang posibleng paglabas ng early dismissal sa klase o trabaho para sa biglaang epekto ng nararanasan na sama ng panahon.

LQuising, Albay PIO

‘We are Already Prepared’, Albay Says on Possible Collapse of Mayon Lava Dome
(Legazpi City, October 11, 2022) As Mayon Volcano was raised to Alert Level 2 warning status due to its continuous signs of unrest, the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) said that the province is already prepared for the possible collapse of Mayon Volcano lava dome.
Dr. Cedric Daep, APSEMO Chief, stated that they have already conducted emergency meetings following the directives of Albay Governor Noel E. Rosal to secure residents living in the 6-kilometer Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) and to impose a ban on all activities around the area.
As part of the strategic approach of Albay over the threat of Mayon Volcano, the province focuses more on conducting warnings and evacuation.
Also, to formulate an effective transportation and security plan, there is a need for the headcount of the population at risk as well as the total number of vehicles that the agency had in case the warning status is eventually raised to Alert Level 3.
As the province eyed maintaining a zero-casualty status, APSEMO asked for collaborative efforts from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and other authorities to designate at least a 2,000-strong manpower to secure the PDZ.
It was on Friday, October 7, 2022, when the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) raised Mayon Volcano’s status to Alert Level 2 and warned the province about the possible lava dome crack and phreatic eruptions.

RReodique, Albay PIO

Albay mulls training of more rescuers to maintain zero-casualty
(Legazpi City, September 28, 2022) As part of its time-honored zero-casualty goal during disasters, the Provincial Government of Albay (PGA) has planned to conduct substantial trainings of rescuers in the community. During the review of the 2023 Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Plan of every city and municipality in Albay held on Wednesday at the Blue Room, Albay Capitol, Dr. Cedric Daep, chief of the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management office (APSEMO), suggested the said plan. Dr. Daep emphasized the need for the LGUs to invest in preparing and equipping their rescuers to improve their response capability during worst-case scenarios. Albay is always frequented by natural disasters for its geographical location which is prone to volcanic eruption and typhoons. Dr. Daep added that community members should be trained to recognize their risks and understand communication and warnings during calamities.
He believed that through this, every disaster preparedness effort of the PGA can be viable and effective as the community plays a crucial role in the execution of plans.
Moreover, every LGU was advised to include risk mapping in their contingency plan which comprises the entire population at risk, as well as the list of vulnerable areas.

RReodique/KJAbad, Albay PIO

PHIVOLCS warns of possible lava dome crack on Mayon that could trigger pyroclastic flows
(Legazpi City August 25, 2022) Resident volcanologist Dr. Paul Alanis of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has warned of a possible crack on the portion of the lava dome that might generate pyroclastic flows particularly if a strong earthquake hits Albay and could trigger the catastrophe. During the emergency meeting called by Gov. Noel E. Rosal on Thursday attended by members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), Dr. Cedric Daep, Chief of Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO), discussed the safety precautions to reduce the hazard from Mayon Volcano, especially those activities within the 6-kilometer permanent danger zone (PDZ). Daep reminded the City and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officers and the punong barangays who attended the emergency meeting to warn the population still residing within the 6-kilometer PDZ. He asked for the masterlist of the population that may be at risk, the total number of farmers cultivating within the PDZ, as well as the total number of residents within the PDZ who were granted relocation houses. With these updated data, Daep emphasized that if the alert level status of Mayon Volcano raises again to the next levels, they can immediately proceed with the proper execution of evacuation and other plans for each barangay surrounding the foot of the volcano. Just in case the worst happens, the Provincial Government will supervise the plan of action through the respective C/DRRMOs and BDRRMOs. In addition, a preventive plan was also put in place to secure the welfare of the animals. During the previous PDRRMC meeting held Wednesday, Governor Rosal directed the authorities to evacuate the families and strictly forbid farmers to cultivate within the stated vicinity as one of their preventive measures. Recently, Gov. Rosal ordered a “no-human activity” within the 6-km PDZ.

RReodique/KJAbad, Albay PIO

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