DA evacuates livestock and animals before possible Mayon eruption
Even before Mt. Mayon in Albay erupts again, the Department of Agriculture (DA) already moved to evacuate livestock and animals within the nine-kilometer Extended Danger Zone (EDZ) of the volcano.
As of now, the DA already mobilized some of its personnel to conduct an update or on-site validation for the identified pooling sites of livestock and animals in the area.
The agency had so far led the evacuation and transport of 167 animals within the 7 to 8- kilometer EDZ to pooling/evacuation centers at the Municipalities of Camalig (Sulugan Animal Pooling Center and Albay Breeding Station) and Daraga (Bañadero Animal Pooling Center), as well as identification of possible animals for evacuation.
DA also implemented animal healthcare intervention at the evacuation centers and provided support to livestock raisers and farmers such as the distribution of 10-meter rope per animal, 10 kilogram feed concentrates per animal, waterer and feeder, among others.
To date, the agency is preparing for a three-month contingency plan for Mayon Volcano eruption in the affected areas.
As of the moment, there are no damages brought about by the volcanic activity to the agri-fisheries sector in the affected province.
“The DA-DRRM Operations Center shall continuously monitor and provide further updates to the Honorable Secretary on the matter, once succeeding reports have been submitted by the concerned RFO,” DA-Field Programs Operational Planning Division chief Christopher Morales said.