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Alert Level 3 raised over Mayon; Albay suspends classes on affected areas

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Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara has ordered the suspension of classes today from kindergarten to senior high school in all private and public schools in barangays where evacuation was ordered as the alert status of Mayon Volcano was raised to Alert Level 3.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of Albay issued an advisory last night declaring “suspension of classes from kinder to senior high school… in all public and privates schools situated in identified barangays where evacuation was ordered by PDRRMC…”

The PDRRMC, also chaired by Governor Bichara, earlier ordered the evacuation of residents inside and within the volcano’s six-kilometer permanent danger zone. The barangays affected are: Anoling, Quirangay, Sua, Tumpa, Tinubran Camalig; Tandarora, Maninila, all in the municipality of Guinobatan; Miisi, Budiao, Banadero, Matnog of the municipality of Daraga; barangays Calbayog and Canaway, Malilipot; Buang Buhian and Magapo of Tabaco City ; Baligang and Amtic in Ligao City.

“All schools not covered in the suspension of classes shall go on with their regular classes. However, they should provide/bring for themselves damp cloth as protection for possible ashfall occurrence,” the order read.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has already raised the alert level mo Mayon to Alert Level 3 last night.

The Phivolcs said that the Mayon Volcano has noticeably increased its unrest and its summit crater is exhibiting bright crate glow that “signifies the growth of a new lava dome…”

“In view thereof, the PHIVOLCS-DOST is now raising the alert status of Mayon Volcano from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 3,” the ageny said in a bulletin issued last night.

“This means that Mayon is exhibiting relatively high unrest and that magma is at the crater and that hazardous eruption is possible within weeks or even days,” the bulletin read further.

The Philvolcs also asked the civil aviation authorities to advise pilots not to fly near the volcano’s summit as ash from sudden eruption can be “hazardous” to aircraft.