LEGAZPI CITY, Albay: Seventy percent of 57,622 people staying in evacuation centers here will be allowed to go back to their houses starting on Tuesday.
In a meeting on Monday, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) agreed that those living outside the 8-kilometer danger zone can go home but they should always be alert in case the Mayon Volcano’s status is raised to alert level 4.
Albay Public Safety Emergency Management Office (Apsemo) chief Cedric Daep, who also attended the meeting at the Office of Civil Defense presided by RDRRMC Director Raffy Alejandro, assured the residents that military trucks will be on standby to evacuate them again if necessary.
The decampment of Mayon evacuees was put on hold last week awaiting the result of the revalidation of delineation marking from the 6-kilometer radius to 11-kilometer radius danger zone conducted by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).
A few weeks ago, Daep requested the Phivolcs to check the actual number of residents living in the 6 to 8-km danger zone.
Bicol resident volcanologist Ed Laguerta said Phivolcs discovered that some markings were too close to the danger zone and beyond the classified danger zone.
The RDRRMC and PDRRMC will meet againt on Tuesday to finalize the number of families to be decamped. Based on Apsemo record, 2,161 families or 9,019 people are living in the 6-km danger zone.
Meanwhile, the mayors of towns within the Mayon danger zone, have put on motion to give at least one kilometer buffer zone to ensure the safety of the people if the volcano erupts.