DOT bars tourists from Mayon’s permanent danger zone

PRECAUTIONS. Department of Tourism Regional Director Herbie Aguas on Friday (June 9, 2023) said foreign and domestic visitors are still welcome in Albay despite Mt. Mayon being restive. However, tourism activities in areas near the volcano such as the Mayon Skyline in Tabaco City, Albay are now prohibited. (Photo courtesy of Aireen Perol-Jaymalin)

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Tourism in Bicol (DOT-5) discourages tourists and visitors from risky areas around the erupting Mayon Volcano.

In a Friday Mayon advisory to tourists, foreign and domestic, visiting DOT stressed that “Mayon Volcano’s alert level status has been raised from Level 2 to Level 3 by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) due to increasing activity.”

“The public and tourism stakeholders are reminded to avoid entering the six-kilometer permanent danger zone (PDZ) due to the threat of sudden steam-driven and phreatic eruptions,” the advisory added.

Tourists are still free to visit the different attractions in Albay despite the raised alert level but are cautioned to avoid certain areas near the volcano, DOT Regional Director Herbie Aguas told media reporters.

“Foreign and domestic visitors are still welcome in Albay. They can watch Mayon Volcano from areas that are safe and away from the 6-km PDZ. We must abide by the mandatory precautions imposed by the authorities, particularly keeping off the radius of Mayon,” Aguas said.

Tourism activities at Mayon Skyline are now prohibited. “We want to ensure the safety of our tourists, they are many other tourist spots in the province they can visit. All operators of accommodations and other tourism-related establishments, including resorts and tourism sites and destinations, are directed to take preventive measures for the safety of the guests,” he stressed.

Aguas also reminded local government units (LGUs) surrounding Mayon Volcano to monitor visitors and even locals who may enter the prescribed permanent danger zone. (With PNA)