RLUC, RDRRMC-CRR committees endorse call to declare Bulusan 4-km PDZ as no settlement area

RLUC, RDRRMC-CRR committees endorse call to declare Bulusan 4-km PDZ as no settlement area

THE Bicol Regional Land Use Committee (RLUC) and the Committee on Rehabilitation and Recovery (CRR) of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC), during its joint committee meeting on May 28, 2024 at NEDA Region 5, Legazpi City, passed a resolution requesting the Regional Development Council (RDC) to urge the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Sorsogon to declare the four-kilometer permanent danger zone (PDZ) of Bulusan Volcano as no settlement area with limited economic activity.

A policy paper by the RLUC-CRR secretariat emphasized the need to reduce the risks to the communities living within the PDZ and prioritize public safety. It highlighted that failure to contain the development including human settlements in highly hazardous areas such as the 4-km PDZ in Bulusan volcano increases the risk to communities, and the burden of the government’s emergency response and recovery efforts, which will further exacerbate the socio-economic impacts of disasters.

The initiative is aligned with the national disaster risk reduction and management policy under Republic Act 10121 and RA11038 or the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System Act, since the Bulusan Volcano Natural Park is a protected area.

In 2023, the RLUC and CRR initiated a similar move. Gaining the support of the RDC and RDRRMC, a resolution was passed urging the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Albay to declare the 6-km PDZ of Mayon Volcano as no settlement area with limited economic activity.

Both policies aim to contribute to attaining the region’s DRRM goal of safer, adaptive, and disaster-resilient Bicolano communities and support the DRR-CCA enhanced Regional Physical Framework Plan and Regional Development Plan 2023-2028 in reducing vulnerabilities of communities and families.

 

Editor’s Note: This article has been sourced from the NEDA Regional Office 5 – Bicol Facebook Page.

 

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