Representatives of the city government of San Carlos City assessed the impact of Mt. Kanlaon eruption in Barangays Quezon and Codcod areas near Mt. Kanlaon today, June 4.

Kanlaon volcano erupted around 6:51 PM last night, producing a voluminous and incandescent plume that rapidly rose to 5,000 meters above the vent, according to the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS); raising the status in the Canlaon City area to Alert Level 2.

Barangay Quezon Kagawad Josephine Panase shared no ashfall was visible in their area, only the foul smell of sulfur while Barangay Codcod Kagawad Judy Rosalina inspected So. Cabagtasan last night for status and found no severe damage.

The team from San Carlos City comprised of representatives from the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), City Health Office, Department of Health-Western Visayas, Phil. Red Cross, and local Information Office.

City DRRM Officer Joe Recalex Alingasa Jr. backed the statement that no alarms were posed in the areas during their interview with Brgy. Codcod Kagawad Crisanto Sapelino, except for the alleged sulfurous odor in the water in So. Cabagtasan and foul smell after the volcanic eruption, which lasted for a few minutes.

Alingasa said though the city is prepared for the worst, still, he reminded residents in Barangays Quezon, Codcod, and parts of Prosperidad to be vigilant and prepare their emergency go bag, including maintenance medicines, in case of evacuation.

He also reminded the barangays to immediately notify the Emergency Operations Center of their status. He said experts said the volcano is still unresting and frequent monitoring is done on the sulfur dioxide it releases.

He also shared that if the current volcano status is raised, parts of Barangay Codcod would likely experience ashfall only; barangays advised residents near Mt. Kanlaon to avoid the 4-kilometer-radius Permanent Danger Zone to minimize risk.

Meanwhile, Development Management Officer IV Rheale Jaudines and CHO representatives advised barangay staff to bring individuals, especially senior citizens and children, who were allegedly been affected by the volcanic eruption to their respective health centers for immediate relief. They also issued health advisories to barangays.

Moreover, the local government through Mayor Renato Gustilo and Vice Mayor Christopher Paul Carmona, closely monitored other LGUs adjacent to Mt. Kanlaon, particularly the adversely affected Canlaon City and Municipality of La Castellana, for immediate assistance.

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