Taal Volcano island as ‘no man’s land’: Experts’ and officials’ advice approved by Duterte

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  • Duterte approved suggestions by experts and officials for Taal Volcano island to be declared a “no man’s land”
  • This would mean residents will not be allowed to go back and settle on the island again

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said on Wednesday that the president has approved the recommendation for Taal Volcano island to be considered as a “no man‘s land”.

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This is following the danger brought about by the volcanic activities of Taal which  started on January 12. Since then, thousands of families living on the island have been displaced to safety. A number of animals were left behind as immediate mass evacuations happened. Luckily, some of them were saved by animal rescue groups and brave owners who took the risk to go back to the island and bring them to temporary shelters.

Año shared with GMA News that the process would be gradual until relocation for settlers is prepared.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana suggested for the volcano to be declared as a “no man’s land” while on a visit to an evacuation center in Batangas City. He strongly believed it must be strictly implemented. Residents will be prohibited from going back because “if there will be another explosion na more violent, I think all people there will perish in that island.”

These recommendations were also backed up by experts’ advice from the NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council) and Phivolcs (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology).

For presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo, settling on the island should have long been prohibited in the past. But people earn a living there and the place calls attention for it is also a tourist attraction.  But still, we all know for a fact that the place is not safe.

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Volcanologists have classified Taal as a permanent danger zone. The 23-kilometer island lies inside a bigger lake creating a majestic view and is dubbed as one of the popular tourist destinations in the country.

Based on records, Taal Volcano had notable eruptions in history. First was in 1572, then in 1911, in 1965 and in 1977.

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