Thieves Steal Php40-K DOST Solar Panels from Mayon Volcano
By EDD K. USMAN
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(SDN) — RETURN your loot!
Whoever stole the power supply equipment for monitoring earthquakes installed at the Mayon Resthouse must return them. Posthaste.
Thieves have stolen two solar panels worth around Php20,000 each, owned by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and installed by its Philippine Volcanology and Seismology Institute (DOST-Phivolcs).
The DOST revealed today, February 6, on the department’s Facebook page (DOSTph) the theft, the information coming from Science Undersecretary Renato U. Solidum, Jr. the officer-in-charge of Phivolcs.
He strongly encouraged to the public “to help in taking care of our monitoring instruments and to promptly report any untoward incidents.”
Solidum was at the National Conference on Copernicus Space Program of the European Union (EU) being held at Makati Diamond Residences, Makati City, Metro Manila.
He confirmed the incident to SDN — Science and Digital News, saying each of the solar panels cost around Php20,000.
According to him, he said data gathered also were lost with the theft.
“Two solar panels, 150 watts each, were stolen from the DOST-Phivolcs Mayon Resthouse (VMRH) station that hosts instruments for earthquake monitoring, Global Positioning System (GPS) and tiltmeter,” said Solidum in a statement.
He said personnel of the Mayon Volcano Observatory (MVO) discovered the loss on February 5 when they conducted their routine inspection and preventive maintenance service.
The DOST cited the importance of the solar panels that power the monitoring station.
“With loss of power, no data will be transmitted from this station and consequently will affect the monitoring of the volcano,” Solidum warned.
He warned further those who may have taken the two solar panels, citing Republic Act 10344 (Risk Reduction and Preparedness Equipment Protection Act of 2012).
Solidum said the said law penalizes “the unauthorized taking, stealing, keeping or tampering of government risk reduction and preparedness equipment, accessories and similar facilities.” (SDN)