DOT urges tourists to halt non-essential trips to Batangas high-risk towns

The Department of Tourism encouraged tourists to postpone any tourism activity and non-essential travels to high-risk towns of Batangas amid the Taal Volcano unrest.

It particularly identified the high-risk towns of Agoncillio and Laurel.

The DOT said the tourists should suspend their trips until the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology declares it safe to be in the vicinity.

On Thursday, Phivolcs raised the Alert Level 3 over Taal Volcano after it ejected a one-kilometer plume of steam and magma.

The state volcanologists said they have recorded four short phreatomagmatic eruptions in Taal Volcano at 8 a.m. Friday.

Calabarzon Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said it has already coordinated with the mayors of the affected areas in Batangas for response operations if the volcano “remains unrest.”

The DOT recommended the evacuation of tourists and tourism operators in these high-risk areas.


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