LIGAO CITY, Albay: A week after their classes were disrupted by the restiveness of Mayon Volcano, 56,914 students returned to school on Tuesday using tent classrooms provided by the United Nations Children Fund (Unicef).
Lotta Sylwander, Unicef country director, sent 155 tents to evacuation centers to accommodate the displaced students.
Cedric Daep, chief of Albay Public Safety Emergency Management Office (Apsemo), told The Manila Times that Unicef dispatched the tents to serve as temporary classrooms in schools that are serving as evacuation centers.
Daep immediately coordinated with the Department of Education regional office to distribute the tents.
The Unicef also pre-positioned education, child protection and water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH) supplies that are ready to be deployed following the request of provincial government of Albay.
The towns of Guinobatan, Camalig, Daraga, Sto. Domingo, Malilipot and cities of Ligao, Legazpi and Tabaco were placed under a state of calamity last week following the heightened unrest of Mayon Volcano which may erupt in the next few days or weeks.
Following the impeding Mayon explosion, Unicef personnel staff are on the ground working with the provincial government of Albay as well as other humanitarian partners to prepare for an eruption.
At least 11,255 families or 51,963 persons have been evacuated to various temporary shelters.
Ed Laguerta, Phivolcs resident volcanologist chief, warned disaster responders and local government units to be on tight watch as Mayon Volcano is posing a hazardous explosive eruption with the precursors exhibited in 2000 eruption with pyro-clastic materials.