While we are being distracted by the news about the unworthy and widely-protested award bestowed upon a former sexy dancer and sex blogger turned government official specializing on the field of purveying fake news, Mayon Volcano has been erupting causing fear, displacement, and instability among the people of the province of Albay.
It has been more than a week since lava began to slowly flow out from the crater of Mayon, the most active volcano in the Philippines. However, the past few days, people in Albay witnessed how the volcano suddenly and dramatically spewed glowing red lava which served as a warning of potential hazardous eruption.
Since then, the volcano has erupted several times instilling fear and panic among the people of Legazpi and nearby cities in Albay. More than four thousand residents within the volcano’s 7-kilometer radius has been evacuated and are staying in schools. Work and class suspension have been declared both in public and private offices and schools while flights from Manila to Legazpi and vice versa were either canceled or delayed.
According to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office in the Bicol Region, the most affected areas are nearby Barangays in Guinobatan, Malilipot, and Camalig. However, severe ashfall resulting to zero visibility has reached the cities of Ligao and Tabaco.
Meanwhile, even in its most dangerous state, Mayon Volcano has been flaunting its wonder and beauty proving that despite being the most active Philippine volcano, it remains to be one of the best tourist attractions in the country.
In the meantime, the Office of the Vice-President has been conducting relief operations in some cities most affected in Albay provinces like Guinobatan, Camalig, and Ligao.
Vice-president Leni Robredo is asking for help as evacuees continue to pour in at the temporary shelters set for affected and displaced families.
Camalig Mayor Ding Baldo thanked the vice-president via a Facebook post for donating last Saturday canned goods and sanitary napkins for the evacuees.
Also, relief goods composed of rice, biscuits and other basic needs arrived today in Tabaco, Albay, another city badly affected by the volcanic eruption.
Aside from encouraging fellow Filipinos to help, Robredo is also asking for prayers for our Bicolano brothers and sisters greatly affected.