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Romualdez to Phivolcs: Use your P221M budget to upgrade equipment

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House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez on Monday urged the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) to fast-track the acquisition of equipment needed to upgrade the country’s monitoring and warning program for volcanic eruption, earthquake and tsunami.

Romualdez made the appeal following complaints from residents of Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) about the lack of adequate warnings related to the impact of the phreatic explosion of Taal Volcano late Sunday afternoon.

“We do not fault the Philvolcs for the lack of adequate warnings on the impact of the phreatic explosion. We are aware that it is really difficult to predict the occurrence of volcanic eruption and related disasters,” he said.

“But this is precisely the reason why Congress included more than P221.48 million capital outlays in the P588.12 million total budget of Phivolcs for 2020,” Romualdez said.

“We need to upgrade the country’s monitoring and warning program for volcanic eruption, earthquake and tsunami,” he added.