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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Permanent Homes for Families Living in Mayon Danger Zones

Close to 2,900 families living within the declared six-kilometer danger zone around Mayon Volcano will be relocated permanently is safe locations to get them out of harm’s way every time the volcano rumbles.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said relocation would not be easy since government would cough out at least P600 million to find permanent relocation sites and build houses for the affected families.
Roxas said President Aquino is concerned that there are still families living within the permanent danger zone and has directed agencies to address the situation.
Roxas, however, could not give a timeline when the relocation would start.
Albay Gov. Joey Salceda confirmed that relocating families in permanent danger zones is one of the projects of the provincial government.
“That is actually our project but since the national government has expressed interest to take over, then that is indeed a welcome development,” Salceda told the Manila Bulletin in an interview.
Salceda said  families living in permanent danger zones are located in the Malinao and Tabaco parts of  Mayon who are being prioritized every time Level 3 is hoisted over the majestic volcano.
“We have already found a permanent relocation site in Camalig (town). This will be presented to the national government,” he said.
The Albay provincial government has spent millions in the evacuation  and in providing the basic needs of those living in the danger zones.
There are currently 12,500 families (55,000 persons)  in 48 evacuation centers in the province since Alert Level 3 was raised last month.
Aside from human evacuation, farm animals and pets were also evacuated to safer sites to deny residents an alibi for them to go back home. 

On Sunday, lava measuring 350 meters long flowed at the eastern side of the Bonga Gully from the summit.  But Dr. Winchelle Sevilla, Supervising Science Research Specialist of Phivolcs said  these short and stubby flow of lava could be remnants of the 2009 eruption.
Malacañang has assured of the national government’s support for a period of  90 days.
On Sunday, 31 trucks loaded with food packs, health kits and other non-food items arrived in Albay for distribution to the thousands of families staying in evacuation centers.
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