CAMP OLA, LEGAZPI CITY — President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s political adviser and envoy to Albay to oversee the Mayon eruption activities Francis N. Tolentino said that the amount of financial assistance and government interventions are “substantial because of the cooperation of national agencies.”

The municipality of Sto. Domingo will be receiving, as of this date, more than four million pesos worth of pledges from Quezon City (Php1M), Pasay City (Php900,000.00), and Php2.5M pesos.

This was disclosed by Tolentino during the Mayon Update Meeting held on February 27, 2018 at the Police Regional Office-5 here and attended by more than 100 national government agencies’ (NGA) regional directors, media, police officers, and municipal mayors.

 

Aside from the financial assistance, the evacuees from Sto. Domingo, Guinobatan, Camalig and Ligao were visited by 146 officials and volunteers from Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Tolentino also lauded the efforts of government agencies that were assigned in various evacuation centers. For Sto. Domingo, the assigned NGA is the Department of Agriculture-Bicol (DA-Bicol).

Agriculture Program Coordinating Officer (APCO) for Albay and Sorsogon Florentino Ubalde speaking in behalf of DA-Bicol Regional Executive Director Dr. Elena B. De Los Santos, said that the office will be distributing 5,000 sets of garden tools; and will continue to conduct trainings on container gardening to over 261interested evacuees.

Moreover, DA-Bicol will be downloading more than 6.5M pesos to the provincial government of Albay in the implementation of the replacement activity for the displaced goats. The scheme and guidelines of implementation are presently being finalized.

Meanwhile, Tolentino also urged the LGUs of Guinobatan, Sto. Domingo, Camalig and Daraga to “look forward for possible lahar floods during the onset of the rainy season.” He encouraged the NGAs and LGUs of those lahar-prone municipalities to organize the Anti-Lahar Intervention Task Force.

According to PhiVolcs, although the activity of Mayon Volcano is not that vigorous compared to its activity last January, Mayon Volcano is still on Alert Level 4. (Jayson M. Gonzales)