Tourists, mountainers reminded about ban on climbing Mayon Volcano | BICOL TODAY

Tourists, mountainers reminded about ban on climbing Mayon Volcano

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LEGAZPI CITY, Albay – Authorities were alarmed that mountainers have been defying government orders banning climbing the slopes of Mayon volcano.

Reports of mountaineers trekking the Mayon Volcano in Albay without the necessary clearance and permit have prompted the Department of Tourism in Bicol (DOT-5) to reiterate its advisory to the public to stay away from the 6-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) as the volcano remains under alert level 2.

Alert level 2 status means that the volcano is undergoing a moderate level of unrest, according to volcanologists.

“The safety of every tourist is our primary concern. We join the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) in reminding the public, especially tourists, that sudden explosions, lava collapses, pyroclastic density currents, and ashfall can occur and threaten areas in the upper to middle slopes of Mayon Volcano,” said Benjamin Santiago, DOT-5 regional director.

DOT-5 advised the public to cooperate and abide by Albay Ordinance 0023-2016, which prescribes the guidelines for trekking the Mayon Volcano Natural Park (MVNP).

The ordinance imposes a fine of P5,000 on first time violators, and one year imprisonment against repeat offenders.

Santiago said foreign and local visitors should desist from entering the 6-km PDZ around the volcano and the precautionary 7-kilometer radius Extended Danger Zone (EDZ).

“Any form of tourism activities within the area like but not limited to ATV tour, hiking, trekking, mountaineering, and most especially crater climbing are strictly prohibited,” added Santiago.

The DOT-5 urged local government personnel manning entry points of MVNP to intensify control and take necessary legal action against violators.

Tour operators, tour guides and locals were asked to cooperate and report incidents of violation.

During a 24-hour observation on May 6, 2019, Phivolcs recorded two volcanic earthquakes and two rockfall events. The volcano emitted moderate white steam-laden plumes and manifested slight inflation of its edifice. (with PIA-Region 5).

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