OCD urges public to heed Phivolcs warnings

The Office of the Civil Defense VI Regional Director Jose Roberto Nunez is urging people in the Negros Island to heed the warnings of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, PHIVOLCS.

SAFETY IN TIMES OF CALAMITY. Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian, left, says safety of the people is a priority during times of calamity.* (Lljr-PIA6)

During the recent Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA)/ Emergency Response Assessment (ERP) meeting in La Carlota City, he said PHIVOLCS warning through messaging should be shared to concerned government and private leaders, the LGU’s and most importantly, to the people.

The activity was conducted in the light of the Alert Level 2 status of Mt. Kanlaon in Negros Island.

Nunez said that during times of emergencies such as volcanic activities, the people should be led as to where and when to go for safety.

He said, the OCD will further enhance the capabilities of the LGU’s through trainings and preparation and for the implementation of the Incident Command System-ICS.

Last week, Mt. Kanlaon recorded several seismic activities causing PHIVOLCS to raise Alert Level from 1 to 2, but the volcano has, since then registered lower seismic movements.

Nevertheless, preparation for eventualities should be intensified to prevent loss of lives and properties, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office Chief Zeaphard Gerheart Caelian said.

Thirteen LGU’s are prone to pyroclastic flow, lahar pathway and to lahar flows. These are San Carlos City, Bago City, La Carlota City, Pontevendra, Pulupandan, San Enrique, Valladolid, Hinigaran, Binalbagan, Himamaylan City, La Castellana, Moises Padilla and Isabela.

Total land areas at risk is 295. 24 square kilometers.

Vehicles, equipment, relief food stuffs and other necessities are being prepared for any eventualities but there is a need for LGU’s to identify its resources and manage such for its anticipated number of persons that will be affected, he said.

Caelian said, that for Alert Level 1, trekking at Mt. Kanlaon is prohibited while Alert Level 2, planning and preparation for possible evacuation is in order, emergency Operation Center is activated and ICS in place.

For Alert Level 3, areas within the fourth to sixth kilometers danger zone will be evacuated. In Alert Level 4, hazardous eruption is imminent, evacuation within the 12 km. danger zone will be ordered while evacuation centers will be prepared in anticipation for lahar and pyroclastic hazard.

Alert Level 5, means hazardous eruption is in progress, evacuation will be done within the 16 kilometers danger zone.


Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management teams of LGUs surrounding Mt. Kanlaon are stepping up its information, education and communication activities to its constituents.

Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian said Local Disaster and Risk and Reduction Management teams in La Castellana, La Carlota City, Bago City and other LGUs are up in the mountainous parts of their area covered within the 4km and 6km permanent danger zones to warn residents of volcanic activity hazards.

Recent active volcanic movements caused Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology to raise alert level 1 to alert level 2.

He said the volcano has now calmed down after last week’s activities that has not been observed in the past years.

Caelian said the province is prepared for any contingency requiring cooperation among LGUs on matters, among them, food and transportation needs.

Food alone, he said, would cost millions to thousands of evacuees in the event alert levels get higher.

Added to that is the transportation needs for quick evacuation moves. He said there may be a need to appeal to transport association of planters and private groups.

As this developed, Caelian said Mt. Kanlaon contingency plans are being updated to make it attuned to the current needs of the situation.

Meetings are scheduled and constant coordination among local DRRMO’s maintained to ensure the safety of all Negrenses, he told PIA. (JCM/Lljr-PIA)



MT. KANLAON. Office of the Civil Defense VI Regional Director Jose Roberto Nunez, right, calls on the public to join hands in spreading warning messages from Phivolcs in case Kanlaon volcano becomes active. From left, Engr. Ricardo Mendoza of Office of Presidential Assistant, and Aletha Nogra of OCD R6.*( Lljr-PIA6)