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No vessel trip cancellation in Batangas port — PPA

 

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said on Monday that vessels traveling to and from the Port of Batangas were unhampered by the ash and smoke spewed by the Taal Volcano.
PPA General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago said in on advisory that there was no vessel trip cancellation as of Monday.

“No unusual incident for PPA, especially in [the] Batangas area. No significant ashfall at the Batangas City port, only low intensity tremors experienced,” Santiago said.

Passengers entrance in Batangas Port. PHOTO FROM PPA


“No vessel cancellations for Batangas so far. But, we anticipate that passengers may seek [a] sea voyage option due to airport closure. PPA personnel are on full alert, ready to assist the affected passengers, he added.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said civil aviation authorities must advise aircraft to avoid the airspace around Taal Volcano as airborne ash and ballistic fragments from the eruption pose hazards to aircraft.

“Alert Level 4 still remains in effect over Taal Volcano. This means that hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days. DoST-Phivolcs strongly reiterates [the] total evacuation of Taal Volcano Island and areas at high risk to pyroclastic density currents and volcanic tsunami within a 14-kilometer radius from Taal Main Crater,” Phivolcs said.

Areas north of Taal Volcano were advised to guard against the effects of heavy and prolonged ashfall.

Phivolcs reminded the public that permanent settlement on the volcano island was not allowed because the area was a permanent danger zone.

Taal Volcano’s last major eruption took place on Oct. 3, 1977. Taal Volcano is an active volcano surrounded by Taal Lake in Tagaytay, which is a popular tourist destination in the Philippines.

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Today’s Front Page February 26, 2020

Today’s Front Page February 26, 2020