Thursday, September 18, 2014

Albay enforces curfew in villages within 6-km PDZ
By Nancy I. Mediavillo

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 18 (PNA) – The provincial government of Albay has enforced a curfew in villages within the six-kilometer-radius permanent danger zone (PDZ) around Mayon to ensure its zero-casualty goal even as the volcano's abnormal activities continue to escalate.

Governor Joey Sarte Salceda said the move has been resorted to so that hardheaded villagers could not return to their houses from the evacuation centers.

All entry and exit points within the PDZ around the volcano are tightly guarded by members of the Philippine Army and village officials, Salceda said.

He said whoever will be caught violating the curfew will be dealt with accordingly.

In this connection, he issued Advisory No. 5 strictly prohibiting all-terrain vehicle (ATV) RIDES AS WELL AS TREKKING AND CLIMBING TO THE VOLCANO BY BOTH LOCAL AND FOREIGN TOURISTS TO ENSURE THEIR SAFETY.

THE PROVINCIAL TOURISM AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS OFFICE HAS ADVISED TOURISTS AND VISITORS TO GO INSTEAD TO THE LIGNON HILL, CAGSAWA RUINS, CAGSAWA CHURCH, TAYSAN HILLS, QUITUINAN HILLS AND LEGAZPI CITY BOULEVARD WHERE THEY CAN HAVE A GOOD BUT SAFE VIEW OF MAYON.

IN THESE AREAS, ONE CAN SEE AT NIGHT THE LAVA FLOW ROLLING DOWN LIKE A CARPET OF FIRE ALONG THE SLOPES OF THE VOLCANO, THE PTCAO SAID. CTB/FGS/NIM/CBD/