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Sunday, November 15, 2009


Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region V Regional Director Danilo Manalang convened his staff this morning, November 11, 2009 to assess its Mayon Volcano Disaster Preparedness Program.

    "We have to make an effort to contribute to a zero casualty in any eventualities that maybe brought by the eruption of Mt. Mayon," said RD Manalang. "Be sure to pool maintenance equipment and service vehicles with driver and maintenance crews in Albay District Engineering Offices, ready to be dispatched in affected areas or be utilized during evacuation and relief operations," the director reminded his staff.

    In a recent interview with RD Manalang, he said that DPWH has identified alternates routes for those probable national roads that might be affected by volcanic debris, These routes are: For Legazpi-Sto.Domingo-Tabaco Road (L=25 kms) take Tabaco-Ligao national secondary road (L=26 kms); for Daang Maharlika Highway, Camalig Section (L=9 kms), travel from Manila to Sorsogon/Legazpi City will take Camalig-Comun-Gapo (L=14 kms.) national secondary road; and, for Daang Maharlika Highway, Guinobatan Road Section (L=15 kms), travel Manila to Sorosogon/Legazpi City will take Ligao-Tabaco Road, then Tabaco-Sto.Domingo-Legazpi City Road (L=51 kms.).

DPWH Disaster Team has been reactivated since July 10, 2009 when the Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology issued Mayon Volcano Bulletin evaluating the Mayon Volcano status from Alert Level 1 (abnormal) to 2 (alarming)

    "Our Disaster Team is in constant coordination with the Regional and Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC/PDCC)," the director concluded.

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