Continue wearing face masks in Tagaytay – Phivolcs official

Published January 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Hanah Tabios

Despite the reopening of business establishments in Tagaytay City, a prime tourist destination in the southern part of Luzon, an official from the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) continued to recommend the use face masks in the city as protection against possible fine volcanic ash still suspended in the air.

Pedestrians walking around Araneta City, Cubao, Quezon City sport face masks as to protect themselves from the hazards brought by ash fall from the erupting Taal volcano on Sunday (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Meron pa ding kahit papanong ash na nadidisperse sa atmosphere—yung fine ash. Kasi yung mga maliliit na pagsabog, these are steam driven or minor pheatomagmatic eruption na parang yung magma nadadampian ng tubig. Lumilikha ito ng napakapinong ash. Among the volcanic eruptions, yung eruption na merong involved ang tubig yun ang lumilikha ng napaka pinong abo,” Maria Antonia Bornas, a Phivolcs scientist, said in a press briefing on Sunday, Jan. 19.

Tagaytay is the highest area in the province of Cavite, and is about 14 kilometers away from Taal volcano.

Businesses had to discontinue operations after Taal Volcano started to erupt last January 12.

But on Saturday, January 18, establishments like restaurants or eateries started to reopen and cater to the needs of visitors, who have decided to come to Tagaytay despite Alert Level 4 remaining hoisted over Taal volcano.

“Ang napakapinong abo nadidisperse ‘yan sa atmosphere at masyado siyang matagal magsettle [na] probably umaabot ng tatlong araw. Mas maliit pa [‘yan] sa 100 microns na abo kaya yung mga medyo maselan sa abo, they should really take precautions especially yung may mga asthma and even bronchitis. So, tama lang na kailangan magfacemask—it is advisable,” she added after a question was raised citing that some tourists started to flock to the area to view the raging volcano at a vantage point at the same time.

Reports said local authorities in Tagaytay plan to hold a grand reopening on January 24 in time for the Chinese New Year.

Tagaytay has 2,870 business establishments in 34 barangays. Majority of which are restaurants famous for its overlooking view of the Taal Crater Lake.