MANILA, Philippines – Volcano authority DOST-PHIVOLCS has called on the public to help protect government instruments and immediately report the culprits who stole two solar panels from the agency’s Mount Mayon monitoring station.
The Volcano Monitoring Rest House (VMRH) hosts instruments for earthquake monitoring, Global Positioning System (GPS) and tiltmeter.
The stolen instruments, two solar panels of 150 watts each, were used to generate power supply for the station.
Without power supply, no data will be transmitted from this station and consequently will affect the monitoring of Mayon Volcano.
The incident was discovered by Mayon Volcano Observatory personnel during their routine inspection and preventive maintenance service on Wednesday (February 5).
Under Republic Act 10344 or the Risk Reduction and Preparedness Equipment Protection Act of 2012, “the unauthorized taking, stealing, keeping or tampering of government risk reduction and preparedness equipment, accessories and similar facilities” incurs corresponding penalty.
“The public is strongly encouraged to help in taking care of our monitoring instruments and to promptly report any untoward incidents,” the agency said.
Information on the stolen equipment and other concerns may be forwarded to DOST Undersecretary and PHIVOLCS OIC Renato Solidum Jr. at (+632) 8-426-1468 to 79.
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