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Large cracks in roads around the Taal volcano

MANILA, Philippines – New cracks have found several roads in Batangas amid a potentially dangerous eruption of the Taal volcano.

It was reported yesterday at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) that cracks or cuts that reached nearly 3 kilometers in length were found in Barangay Sinisian East, Long Lagoon, Dayapan, Palanas, Sangalang, and Poblacion in the town of Lemery; Barangay Pansipit in Agoncillo; Poblacion 1, Poblacion 2, Poblacion 3, and Poblacion 5 in Talisay; and Poblacion in San Nicolas.

The crater then branches and penetrates many homes. Up to 20 homes were destroyed due to cracks.

There are also cracks in the road connecting Agoncillo to Laurel, Batangas.

Large cracks mean that there is still activity occurring beneath the Taal volcano, such as the gradual increase of magma from the underground, according to Ma. Antonia Bornas, chief of the volcano monitoring division of the Phivolcs.

Bornas said the fissures seen in the Taal volcano were similar to 1911 resulting in ‘explosive eruption’.

“These fissures or fractures, this also occurred during the 1911 volcanic eruption before being programmed for climactic or explosive eruption,” Bornas said at a press conference yesterday.

“These are the ones that we have been observing as the massive quake, along with fissures or new fissures, suggests that there is actually some magma going up in Taal,” he said.

Yesterday the Taal’s ashes and lava fountains slowed down slightly but the public did not have to be complacent.

The total number of earthquakes in Taal Volcano has reached 335 since Sunday afternoon, Bornas said.

LPA east of Aurora intensifies, becoming ‘Perla’ storm

MANILA, Philippines – PAGASA is now monitoring a typhoon 1,120 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora.

Around eight in the morning, the former low-pressure area became a tropical depression and was named “Perla,” according to the weather bureau today at eleven o’clock.

There is a force of 45 kilometers per hour near the center and a typhoon of up to 55 kilometers per hour.

It is said to be moving in a northwest direction at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour.

There are no tropical cyclone wind signals in any part of the country at this time, but it is expected to weather in the northern part of the country before the weekend ends.

“[M] can bring ‘bad weather’ to Batanes, Cagayan (along the Babuyan Islands) and Apayao from Friday night to Saturday morning,” said PAGASA.

Sailing is particularly dangerous on small maritime vessels in the northern and western seaboards of Northern Luzon due to northeasterly surface windflow.

People’s First Group ‘will do everything’ to stop Manila Water’s 780% rate hike

MANILA, Philippines – The People’s First group has hatched Manila Water’s plan to pass water charges after imposing millions in fines for violating environmental laws.

In October, Manila Water threatened a 780% increase if the Supreme Court reversed its decision to impose large fines on non-compliance with the Clean Water Act.

“They violated the law after the lime force passed it on to distressed consumers,” said Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate this Thursday in English.

In a decision issued by the Supreme Court on August 6, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, Manila Water and Maynilad were paid.

MWSS, Manila Water and Maynilad have been required to complete wastewater treatment facilities and connect sewage lines to all establishments, including houses, to a sewerage system within the year following the enactment of the law in 2004.

MWSS, Manila Water and Maynilad jointly pay ₱921,464,184.

According to the court, even if they pay within the required 15 days, they will demand an initial ₱322,102 per day subject to a 10% increase over two years in accordance with Section 28 of the Clean Water Act, until Section 8 is met. of law.

Manila Water sued the court, but the SC insisted it should be paid.

“If the concessionaires compress in five years according to the SC ruling that the 40-year project should be the hundred billion dollars that will result in an increase in subscribers’ water bill, it will cause them to lose money needed for another need to induce high inflation,” Manila Water said in a statement.

It will also cause heavy traffic because hundreds of kilometers of road will need to be excavated.

But the Bayan Muna party-list didn’t buy it.

“[G] we will do everything we can to stop this huge rate hike and hold the water concessionaires accountable for their neglect of nature,” said chairperson Neri Colmenares.

“Many of us today do not yet have a proper sewerage system, so we are just a negro. Concessionaires have to work on it but they haven’t done it for years.

More on the rate hike on Sunday

Manila Water posted a ₱26.70 per cubic meter increase even though they were set to impose a Maynilad surcharge on Sunday.

Maynilad will charge ₱0.02 per cubic meter to consumers while ₱0.178 per cubic meter again at Manila Water beginning October 13th.