MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, July 31 (PIA) -- This city is home to an inactive volcano situated in the mountain barangays of Nonok area, and its name is Mount Kijabot.

City Mayor Maloney Samaco revealed this piece of information in front of students during a forum on disaster risk reduction held recently at Maasin City College function hall, the event initiated by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC).

"Did you know that we have an inactive volcano in the city?," Samaco asked the students from various public and private schools in the city. "We have, and its name is Mount Kijabot, located along the barangays in Nonok."

Samaco said this volcano is dormant, but just like Mount Pinatubo which was dormant for over 600 years, there may come a time that Mount Kijabot may erupt. "Hopefully not in our lifetime," he hastened to add.

In his opening message, Samaco said the city and the province have always been under threat to various kinds of natural disasters, except blizzard or snowstorm, saying that the city even had storm surges but only at the height of one to two meters, like the ones caused by habagat winds during typhoon Glenda.

He said the conduct of the disaster risk reduction forum led by Danilo Atienza, Provincial Disaster Action Officer, was very timely so the students can be always aware and conscious on what to do should a calamity happen.

During the forum, other frontline national, provincial, and city offices involved in operations before, during, and after a disaster shared inputs and their respective roles and functions in an emergency situation.

These included PAG-ASA, Office of Civil Defense, Philippine Red Cross, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Education, the Philippine National Police, Fire Department, and the City Disaster Risk Reduction body, among others.

The provincial government was represented, aside from Ateinza, by Dr. Eva Abad, Provincial Environment Natural Resources Management Officer, and Provincial Board Member Ailleen Estrera.