Iriga: Provincial Government of Albay takes legal action against illegal Mayon Volcano summit climb

photo courtesy of Albay PIO Press Release

The Provincial Government of Albay (PGA) has initiated legal proceedings following the illegal Mayon Volcano summit climb.

This action is in collaboration with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), emphasizing the commitment of the PGA to uphold the sanctity of protected natural sites and preserve the natural beauty and ecological integrity of Mayon Volcano.

In an exclusive interview with Dorothy F. Colle, Provincial Tourism Culture and the Arts Office (PTCAO) Head, it was confirmed that a thorough investigation is underway regarding the unauthorized ascent near the summit of the Volcano on April 24, 2024.

Colle highlighted multiple violations of Provincial Ordinance No. 0023-2016, titled “An Ordinance Prescribing Guidelines for Mayon Volcano Natural Park Trekking and Providing Penalties Thereof.” The infractions include the prohibition of summit climbing, the requirement of accredited guides endorsed by the Department of Tourism, adherence to designated trails, and prohibition of overnight stays within the park.

As per the ordinance, violators are subject to a fine of Php 5,000.00 and imprisonment not exceeding one (1) year.

Furthermore, the official recommended a review and update of the ordinance by the Regional Ecotourism Committee (REC), comprising representatives from the Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and Local Government Units (LGUs) in Bicol.

In preparation for potential tourism activities, should the alert level of Mayon Volcano be downgraded to 0, Chief College suggested the involvement of the Protected Area Management Board, with barangay captains as members, to ensure effective governance and oversight.

(Source: Albay PIO Press Release)

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