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DOST: Philippines affected by Japan radiation meltdown rumors and messages not true

By on Mar 14, 2011 in Asia, Natural Disasters Comments

Manila, Philippines – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) posted on their official website on Monday, March 14, 2011, apparently warning the public not to believe in the spreading rumors and and hoax messages.

Apparently, there were spreading text messages and even Facebook posts that people are being advised to “stay indoors and to wear raincoats if they go outdoors”.

According to DOST Secretary Mario Montejo, the above advice did not come from their office nor from National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Center (NDRRMC).

In addition, the agency said that a 24/7 link-up with the International Atomic Energy Agency is strictly being maintained, which is the highest authority on nuclear matters.

The DOST top official also clarified that the recent data of the Fukushima Daiichi plant do not indicate any immediate threats to the Philippines, which means there is nothing to be worried about.

Earlier, Secretary Montejo assured the public that the country is safe in case there will be a radiation meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plants, in Japan.

“We have to distinguish that the plant in Japan is different from Chernobyl.” The public official said.

For more information, the agency are advising the public to contact DOST-PNRI Emergency Response Center at (632) 929- 4719 or 920-8738, or visit their official website at DOST.gov.ph.



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