January 15, 2024
In a proactive move to address the potential threats posed by Mt. Bulusan, the Sorsogon Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (SPDRRMC) convened an emergency meeting on January 15, 2024. Governor Edwin “Boboy” B. Hamor, SPDRRMC Chairperson, presided over the meeting, underscoring the gravity of the situation. The gathering brought together key stakeholders, including the Sorsogon Provincial Health Office, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, Bureau of Fire Protection Provincial Office, Philippine National Police – Sorsogon Police Provincial, and the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers from Casiguran, Juban, Irosin, Bulusan, Barcelona, and Gubat.
The highlight of the meeting was the comprehensive update provided by Resident Volcanologist, Ms. April Dominguiano. Ms. Dominguiano presented the latest information on the status of Mt. Bulusan, including any observable changes in volcanic activity. Her report delved into the current state of the volcano, potential risks, and the need for enhanced monitoring measures.
In response to the critical information presented by Ms. Dominguiano, the SPDRRMC, alongside other key agencies, engaged in extensive discussions on formulating a comprehensive Preparedness Plan for a potential Bulusan Volcano eruption. The plan aims to establish effective coordination, communication, and response strategies to mitigate the impact on the communities surrounding the volcano.
The plan includes provisions for evacuation procedures, emergency shelters, medical response teams, and the mobilization of resources to affected areas. Ensuring the safety and well-being of residents remains a top priority, and the collaborative efforts of various government agencies reflect a commitment to proactive disaster management.
The presence of key government offices underscored the importance of a unified response to potential disasters. Representatives from the Provincial Health Office, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, Bureau of Fire Protection Provincial Office, Philippine National Police – Sorsogon Police Provincial, and Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices from Casiguran, Juban, Irosin, Bulusan, Barcelona, and Gubat actively participated in the discussions. This diverse representation ensures a holistic approach to disaster preparedness and response.
Governor Edwin “Boboy” B. Hamor, in his capacity as SPDRRMC Chairperson, expressed his unwavering commitment to safeguarding the lives and welfare of the people of Sorsogon. He emphasized the need for a proactive stance in disaster management, urging all stakeholders to work together seamlessly to address the challenges posed by Mt. Bulusan.
The Sorsogon PDRRMC’s emergency meeting on January 15, 2024, marked a significant step forward in enhancing the province’s disaster preparedness and response capabilities. The collaborative efforts of various government agencies and Governor Hamor’s leadership demonstrate a collective commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of the communities in the shadow of Mt. Bulusan. As the province continues to face potential volcanic threats, this meeting serves as a testament to Sorsogon’s dedication to proactive disaster management.