By Jennifer Catan-Tilos
NEGROS ORIENTAL, March 4 (PIA) – The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council – Technical Working Group of Negros Island Region (NIR) has set to complete the data to finalize the Oplan Mt. Kanlaon contingency plan.
With the recent condition of Mt. Kanlaon, showing signs of abnormalities, assistant regional director Aletha Nogra of Office of Civil Defense (OCD-NIR) said the plans and measure should be in placed in case Kanlaon volcano erupts.
In its first meeting held recently in Dumaguete City, the RDRRMC-TWG of NIR reviewed the contingency plan for Mt. Kanlaon with need assessment setting the necessary collection of data to urgently make it operational.
Mt. Kanlaon remained under Alert Level 1 status since November last year and the RDRRMC is closely monitoring the volcano’s activity.
Nogra said the data is critical specially coming from those local government units identified that would be directly affected if major eruption occurs.
More than 50,000 individuals are expected to be affected from Canlaon City with 16,046; La Carlota City with 12,260 individuals; and La Castellana, 25,717 population when abnormality rises to Alert Level 3.
It is also expected the coverage of damage in areas or LGUs, households and other infrastructures, facilities and agriculture will be huge when eruption raise to Alert Level 4 with 6-10 kilometers intensify to permanent danger zone (PDZ).
Alert Level 5 expands 10-14 kms PDZ as magmatic eruption progresses, a life-threatening major eruption producing volcanic hazards that endanger communities.
In a worst-case scenario, the affected LGUs may implement a force evacuation to residents, but meantime for now probably massive advocacy and information campaign will be intensified to make the residents ready in case of emergency, said OCD official. (mbcn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA website on Mar. 4, 2016)