Following the increasing reports of unauthorized trips near Mayon volcano’s 6km permanent danger zone (PDZ) and 7km extended danger zone (EDZ), LGU-Camalig heads and functionaries have convened to take a decisive action to ensure total public safety in the town.
As an initial intervention, Camalig Local Chief Executive, Hon. Carlos “Caloy” Irwin G. Baldo, Jr. is set to issue a memorandum directing the Punong Barangays (PBs) of high-risk areas to strictly monitor the movement of tourists and enforce the latest public safety directives from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology & Seismology (PHIVOLCS) and the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Office (MDRRMO), purposely to ensure that all activities are conducted with proper caution and under the guidance of local authorities.
LGU-Camalig is also considering to regulate adventure or high-risk/extreme sports, which have the potential to cause harm or injuries.
As agreed, the regulation will be carried out through an approval sheet process, requiring proponents of any such activities to secure formal consent. The sheet must be completed and submitted for assessment by the Camalig’s Sports Coordinator, who will review the said proposed activities.
The meeting forms part of LGU-Camalig’s commitment to maintain the balance between tourism, adventure, and the indispensable need to enforce safety protocols—3 objectives that can be attained through cooperation and compliance from both tourists and residents.
Article by: Mr. Tim L. Florece, PIO