Albay prohibits activities inside the Mayon Volcano Danger Zone

Albay’s governor bans activities in villages around the Mount Mayon danger zone as the volcano remains at Alert Level 1. File photo

LEGAZPI CITY – Albay Governor Noel Rosal on Monday, August 22, banned human activities in the 6-kilometre-radius Permanent Danger Zone after the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) placed the volcano Mayon under Alert Level 1.

In a notice, Rosal said that inside the permanent danger zone, picking flowers and orchids, agriculture and other human activities are prohibited.

Exempt from the ban are those involved in public safety and disaster operations.

Rosal also banned recreational activities such as camping, hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking in the danger zone.

He advised residents near river valleys and channels to take precautions due to possible lahar and sediment-laden flows that heavy rains could trigger.

He asked local governments to establish checkpoints along the six-kilometre radius of the volcano.

Phivolcs placed the volcano under Alert Level 1 on Sunday after exhibiting abnormal conditions and entering a period of unrest, meaning there would be an increased chance of a sudden steam or phreatic eruption. INQ

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