The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) wants additional facilities and equipment by 2028.
The agency’s officer in charge, Teresito Bacolcol, said Phivolcs is creating a plan to put up more volcano observatories, seismic stations and even intensity meters.
To date, Phivolcs has 116 remote seismic stations. “There will be 140 seismic stations by 2028,” Bacolcol said.
The agency has at least 133 intensity meters. Bacolcol said they aim to acquire 360 intensity meters by 2028.
“For the volcanos, currently, we have seven observatories but by 2028, we will add two more,” he added. Phivolcs would put up more seismic stations around the country’s volcanoes, he noted.
The agency shall update the mapping of geohazards on its HazardHunterPH application, he said, adding that a plan is already underway to align with the Philippine development plan of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
“We are now formulating a plan that is realistic and achievable, and this should be aligned with the Philippine development plan of the President,” he stressed.