Sunday, 13 January 2013

Albay wants control on Mayon trekkers

The majestic Mayon volcano as seen from Cagsawa ruins in Albay. - Websitepic

LEGAZPI CITY: The provincial government of Albay said it would seek permission from the Department of Tourism (DOT) and other concerned organizations to become the lead agency in regulating the flow of trekkers to Mt Mayon.
It considered the move as two students of the University of the Philippines got lost but were eventually rescued at the upper slope of the country’s most active volcano recently.
Cedric Daep, chief of the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office, said it is the DOT that currently regulates and issues permit to people, mostly tourists, who want to trek the 8,000-foot volcano.
With the current setup, Daep said they are having difficulty ensuring the safety of climbers both during normal and abnormal conditions at Mayon.
He said they would also conduct massive orientation or re-orientation for those who serve as guides to tourists climbing the treacherous terrain of Mt Mayon.
“We would like to ensure that these guides are indeed equipped with accurate knowledge about Mayon Volcano, particularly the dangers that may befall the climbers anytime during their ascent,” Daep said. – Philippine Star

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