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Duterte tells residents affected by Bulusan eruption to follow advisories

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President Rodrigo Duterte appealed to the people affected by the eruption of Mt. Bulusan in Sorsogon to heed the call of the authorities to ensure their safety.

The President also assured that the government is ready to assist them.

“I will just reiterate that you — people who are affected diyan sa Sorsogon, lalo na ‘yung mga barangay na which government has — nagfo-forecast na sila ng worst scenario, there will be a lot of movement of people. But I’m sure that government can cope up and will be there to help everybody,” Duterte said during his Talk to the People program.

“Government is there to help. Walang ibang trabaho ‘yan. So kindly just follow instructions because ang trabaho ng mga taga-gobyerno diyan ay para sa inyo. I suppose that ‘yung DSWD sabi ko ‘yung mga relevant, nandiyan na ngayon by this time.”

In his report to the President, Office of Civil Defense administrator Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad said that in a worst-case scenario, there is a total of 446 evacuation centers available in Sorsogon to house evacuees.

Mandatory or forced evacuation for the municipality of Irosin in Sorsogon will be carried out once the alert level is raised to three or four, said Jalad, who is also the executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council..

Also part of the contingency plan of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council in Bicol Region is asking the support of nearby provinces in case Mt. Bulusan erupts further.

Jalad said Albay and Camarines Sur could accommodate evacuees who can’t be sheltered in the available evacuation centers in Sorsogon.

“All in all in Bicol Region, may total na 2,425 evacuation centers ang available. And kung papayag ‘yung ating mga kababayan na mag — talagang ilipat sila to as far as Masbate, Catanduanes and Camarines Norte ay magiging sapat ‘yung number of evacuation centers na ito,” he said.

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