Mayon Volcano on September 23, 1984: Pyroclastic flows descend the south-eastern flank of Mayon Volcano, Philippines. Then, the maximum height of the eruption column was 15 km above sea level, and volcanic ash fell within about 50 km toward the west. There were no casualties from the 1984 eruption because more than 73,000 people evacuated the danger zones as recommended by scientists of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. (Mayon VolcanoPublic Domain C.G. Newhall, Wikipedia)

Mayon Volcano on September 23, 1984: Pyroclastic flows descend the south-eastern flank of Mayon Volcano, Philippines. Then, the maximum height of the eruption column was 15 km above sea level, and volcanic ash fell within about 50 km toward the west. There were no casualties from the 1984 eruption because more than 73,000 people evacuated the danger zones as recommended by scientists of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. (Mayon VolcanoPublic Domain C.G. Newhall, Wikipedia)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Despite the threat from restive Mayon Volcano, Albay will still be the venue of one of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings to be hosted by the Philippines late this year.

In a post on his Facebook page, Albay Governor Jose Salceda said the affirmation came last week from the APEC National Organizing Council and the Departments of Tourism and Foreign Affairs.

Salceda said the DOT and DFA “affirm(ed) Albay as host of the APEC ISOM” during the APEC NOC meeting last Sept. 25.

The APEC-ISOM (Informal Senior Officials Meeting) is to take place Dec. 8 to 9, he said.

On the other hand, Salceda said the looming eruption of Mayon could be the “biggest touristic event of the Philippines in 2014.”

He noted that 12,303 families have been evacuated from the danger zone around the volcano, while pupils have resumed classes.

Salceda also said Mayon “never affected aircraft movement in entire history,” while lava never went beyond the six-kilometer permanent danger zone since 1616.

Also, he said pyroclastic flow had been within eight kilometers since 1897.

Mayon activity

As of Tuesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology recorded one volcanic quake and three rockfall events in the last 24 hours.

Phivolcs had raised the alert level at Mayon to “3” meaning an eruption is possible within weeks. (MNS)