THE Regional Field Office of the Department of Agriculture (DA) announced it is closely monitoring the situation in the province following the alert level raised by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) for Mayon Volcano.
On June 5, DA-RFO 5 Regional Executive Director Rodel P. Tornilla activated the Mayon Quick Response Team and designated the Albay Breeding Station (ABS) in Cabangan, Camalig, Albay as livestock evacuation center.
The Phivolcs has raised its alert level from Alert Level 2 (increasing unrest) to Alert Level 3 (increasing tendency towards a hazardous eruption) because of an increase in the volume and frequency of rock fall.
“Livestock raisers within the six-kilometer danger zone are advised to evacuate their carabaos, cattle, horses, goats and other ruminants to the ABS where drugs and biologics, vitamins and mineral blocks for livestock as well as ropes and animal feeds were already prepositioned,” Tornilla said.
Rice, corn and vegetable seed reserves are also being maintained.
Moreover, animals can also be brought to local government-designated animal evacuation centers in Muladbucad Grande, Pequeño, and Masarawag in Guinobatan; and, Nasisi in Ligao City, the agriculture official said.
Hauling trucks were previously stationed at the ABS and at the DA Research Outreach Station in Tabaco City to help in the transport of animals and crops.
“Farmers are advised to harvest all harvestable crops with the aid of nine Rice Combine Harvesters previously distributed by DA Bicol to farmers’ cooperatives and associations in Albay. Farmers may also avail of the services of the three rice processing centers established in Balinad and Balangibang in Polangui and in Maporong, Oas, Albay,” Tornilla added.
There are 25,457 Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture-listed rice, corn and coconut farmers in the eight municipalities and cities along the 6-kilometer to 8-kilometer permanent danger zones (PDZ), namely Camalig, Ligao City, Tabaco City, Daraga, Guinobatan, Legazpi City, Malilipot and Santo Domingo.
Furthermore, residents who live within the PDZ were advised to evacuate their homes because of the risks posed by the increasing volcanic activity in the area.
The DA said its Disaster Risk Reduction Management Operations Center will continuously provide updates regarding Mayon Volcano.
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