Evacuation pressed

November 29, 2010

Bernadette Tamayo
Journal Online
November 29, 2010

SENATOR Francis Pangilinan echoed the appeal of local government leaders in Sorsogon to the villagers living near Mt.Bulusan to leave their properties behind and move to safer ground.

He visited several towns around the restive volcano to survey the effects of Mt. Bulusan’s recent ash explosions. In Brgy. Cogon in Irosin, massive boulders that had been washed down with lahar from the slopes of the volcano clogged the Cadacan River.

“Naiintindihan natin yung mga magsasaka na nagpapabalik-balik dun sa lugar na malapit sa bulkan. Siyempre kailangan nilang ituloy ang kabuhayan nila at pangalagaan kung ano man yung nai-pundar na nila roon. Pero walang buhay ng isang magsasaka ang katumbas ng kanyang pananim,” said Pangilinan, chairman of the Senate chair of the committee on agriculture and food.

Mt.Bulusan started erupting on November 6. The Philippine Volcanology and Seismology has since maintained alert level at 1 around the volclano.

Families living around the 4-km permanent danger zone have been asked to evacuate, but some farmers refused to leave or have been going back and forth to tend to their farm lots.

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