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Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Saturday, 19 December 2009 10:07

 

Part III of a Series Called “The ReVOTElution of Hope for Sorsogon”

 

T he current upheaval in Mayon Volcano in the adjacent Albay Province poses little danger to life for the people living near it. There is, however, a bigger danger than an eruption that lurks in Bulusan Volcano in Bulusan town of Sorsogon Province.

 

The biggest danger in Bulusan town is not the mudflow or landslide composed of pyroclastic material and water (called lahar) that flows down from a volcano, typically along a river valley. This writer described partly in October 2007 the lahar flow affecting the people of Bulusan and Irosin towns in this article,

Illegal Logging Causes Landslides and Lahar Flow in Bulusan Volcano

 

The bigger danger is the certain release of gas from Bulusan Lake, which is situated almost half-way to the crater of the Bulusan Volcano. I told in 1987 the political leaders of the Province of Sorsogon of the tragedy in Lake Nyos the year before. To read about the Cameroon disaster, here is a clipping:

 

·        “The sudden, catastrophic release of gas from Lake Nyos on 21 August 1986 caused the deaths of at least 1700 people in the northwest area of Cameroon, West Africa. Chemical, isotopic, geologic, and medical evidence support the hypotheses that (i) the bulk of gas released was carbon dioxide that had been stored in the lake's hypolimnion, (ii) the victims exposed to the gas cloud died of carbon-dioxide asphyxiation, (iii) the carbon dioxide was derived from magmatic sources, and (iv) there was no significant, direct volcanic activity involved. The limnological nature of the gas release suggests that hazardous lakes may be identified and monitored and that the danger of future incidents can be reduced.”


 

To read more about the 1986 Lake Nyos disaster, please click on this link,

The 1986 Lake Nyos Gas Disaster in Cameroon, West Africa -- ...

The sudden, catastrophic release of gas from Lake Nyos on 21 August 1986 caused the deaths of at least 1700 people in the northwest area of Cameroon, ...

 

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/236/4798/169



Proposal for the Degassing of
Bulusan Lake

 

 

A lso in 1987, I submitted a 52-page single-space 25-year socioeconomic and governmental platforms to then political opposition in Sorsogon Province. Readers can read more about the said platforms in this article, Reinventing the "Ramon Magsaysay Line" in Solving Philippine Political Problems (published on Aug. 20, 2007).

 

In the said 25-year development plan, I wrote about the need to organize a “Research-and-Development Institute (R&DI) in the Province of Sorsogon, which would plan for the degassing of Bulusan Lake, so that a Lake Nyos-like disaster could be averted. But the Sorsogon politicians said that platforms were not part of local politics.

 

The same proposal for an R&DI is found in Part One of this series, How the ReVOTElution Will “Reinvent” Education and Life in Sorsogon.

 

It is up now to the voters of Sorsogon Province to consider the various proposals that the ReVOTElution is presenting to them as the real issues in the local elections scheduled for May 10, 2010. If in the foreseeable future, the Bulusan Lake becomes another Lake Nyos, then at least nobody among them can say that they were not forewarned about the danger and told of the scientific solution that could have averted the tragedy.

(To be continued . . .)
 


Editor’s Note: To read the other articles of this series, please go to:

 

How the ReVOTElution Will “Reinvent” Education and Life in Sorsogon

 

A Sorsoganon OFW Appears to Be a Bigger Hero than Manny Pacquiao: How the ReVOTElution Will Protect OFWs and their History (Part II)

 

A Bigger Danger than an Eruption Lurks in Bulusan Volcano

 (Part III)




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Last Updated on Saturday, 19 December 2009 10:41
 
Comments (4)
1 Sunday, 20 December 2009 07:20
Bobby,

THIS IS GREAT! THIS SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED NOT ONLY FOR SORSOGON BUT FOR ALL THE POOR PROVINCES OF THE PHILIPPINES.

BOBBY,YOU AND ALL WELL-MEANING NON-TRADPOLS MUST WIN TO ACTUALIZE THESE ACTION-PLANS.OF COURSE, TOGETHER WITH HIM.

"Share me your dreams, together with HIM, we will make them happen.!"

KEEP THE FIRES BURNING!

SINCERELY
BAL FALCONE.
DPP VICE PRESIDENTIABLE

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Subject: Re: A Series on "The ReVOTElution of Hope for Sorsogon"
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Date: Sunday, December 20, 2009, 3:52 AM


Dear Comrades in the OFW Political-empowerment Movement and Friends:

Whatever happens to my candidacy for the governorship of Sorsogon, the people of my home province will be presented discussions of real issues and suggested solutions for their socioeconomic problems. I intend to make my candidacy a Bully Pulpit for concrete changes for the better in Sorsogon Province.

Please find for your perusal and consideration the first three articles of the series:

How the ReVOTElution Will “Reinvent” Education and Life in Sorsogon

A Sorsoganon OFW Appears to Be a Bigger Hero than Manny Pacquiao: How the ReVOTElution Will Protect OFWs and their History (Part II)

A Bigger Danger than an Eruption Lurks in Bulusan Volcano
(Part III)

Salamatonon for putting your thinking caps on,

Mabuhay,

Lolo Bobby M. Reyes
2 Monday, 08 February 2010 03:58
Sending my support from the U.S.A. Please protect the home of my ancestors so that I can one day visit the land that gave my family birth.

Chad K. Bulosan
3 Wednesday, 29 December 2010 01:11
Dear Bobby
You articles are like prophetic gems coming out from the cosmic realms of those who still believe the hope that Sorsogon can still be shaped up to its progressive destiny.
It will take overseas Sorsoganons to reclaim our aspirations to bring Sorsogon up to speed with its neighboring provinces.
In 2 or 3 years, I will retire come home to rally both the local and overseas Mellas in rebuilding our beloved Magallanes to what it can become. Like the whole province of Sorsogon, the revenue of Magallanes is more than enough to move it forward with your green revolution ideas reinforced by sustainable energy initiatives able to run tourist and cottage orientated industries in the future.
Let me join your bully pulpit when you finally run for the provincial office. Keep in touch.
Bobby Lastica
Bicol Communities League, Inc.
Sydney Australia
4 Thursday, 30 December 2010 07:53
mabuhay
Tocayong Bobby:

Please send me an e-mail addressed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Talk to you via the Internet soon,

Thanks for your comments,

Bobby Reyes

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