THE Department of Tourism (DOT) advised tourists to be cautious while visiting areas affected by the volcanic smog (Vog) emanated by Taal volcano.
This, as the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvocs) announced that due to the current unrest of Taal volcano, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon and the National Capital Region are experiencing Vog.
“The health and safety, as well as the comfort and convenience of our tourists and the traveling public alike, are of paramount importance to the DOT at all times,” the DOT advisory said.
Tourists, tourism-related establishments and the general public were also told that entry to Taal volcano island’s permanent danger zone, especially the main crater and Daang Kastila fissures, is strictly prohibited.
The DOT said occupancy and boating to Taal Lake is subject to advisory from the local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.
The Department of Science and Technology said Vog consists of fine droplets containing volcanic gas that may irritate the eyes, throat and respiratory tract especially among children, elderly and patients suffering from respiratory diseases like asthma.
Those in affected areas were advised to limit their exposure by avoiding outdoors and wearing face masks as an added precaution.
People who may experience adverse effects from Vog were told to seek medical assistance.