MAHINOG, Camiguin, May 17 (PIA) — With the theme, “Awareness, Collaboration and Moving Forward,” the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)- Camiguin Provincial Office recently held the Disasters Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Forum at Queobe Training Center, here, noting the results of Manila Observatory study where Camiguin is one of the top provinces at risk to natural disasters.
Provincial Science and Technology Director- Camiguin/Senior Science Research Specialist Miriam A. de la Plaza said that such activity, which is in partnership with the local government of Guinsiliban and Mahinog, is part of the Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST).
Angelo Bang, resident volcanologist of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) Hibok-Hibok Volcano Observatory station emphasized that Camiguin ranked one in the top provinces at risk to volcanic eruptions and ninth in at risk to tsunamis.
“Camiguin has the highest risk because the land area is so small such that a volcanic eruption can affect the whole province,” Bang said.
He also shared that people should be aware of the volcanic hazards in the area which include steam blasts, glowing avalanches, lava flows and lahars.
Bang said that years ago, the large explosion from the summit crater of Hibok-Hibok volcano was preceded by a week of intense earthquakes. Hence, Camiguingnons should be fully equipped during such occurrence.
For her part, Engr. Anianita Fortich of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) explained the hydrometeorological hazards affecting the province saying that it was on November 7, 2001 when Camiguin experienced heavy continuous rains for about 10 hours.
Such has caused flash floods carrying landslide debris of boulders, uprooted trees, loose soil, rushing from the mountainside burying 134 residents alive and damaging vegetation and structures.
As for man-made calamities, FO2 Sherwin Borres of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Mahinog Station shared the things to do during and after fire as well as the safety measures that should be observed in the office.
He also demonstrated the proper way of managing leaked liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and stressed that LPGs should be placed outdoor so that the fume will not accumulate in an enclosed area.
Homes and establishments should also observe testing and proper maintenance of all equipment such as ensuring that there is no leak in the hose.
“This will cause the fume to spread out, delikado madakpan sa kalayo (this is hazardous for it can cause fire),” he explained.
The activity was attended by local government units in the province who are expected to spread the awareness to their constituents.(RTP/PIA10)