Amusement park Sky Ranch in Tagaytay resumed its operations on January 18 despite the Alert Level 4 warning on Taal Volcano.
While the alert level predicts an "imminent hazardous eruption," Renato Solidum, director of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) told CNN that the location of the park, among hotels and other business establishments, is not a high-risk area.
"If we look at Tagaytay Ridge, where most of the hotels are, they are within the 14-kilometer radius, but they are not part of the areas identified as high-risk," Renato said. He cites the elevated land that base surge and volcanic material are unlikely to reach.
Park officials say that they decided to reopen after securing safety permits from the city government and clearance from Phivolcs, and regaining electric and water supply.
According to operations officer Ryan Go, the reopening is for the sake of their employees and the tourism of Tagaytay. "We always remind everyone that the reason why we're opening is not for the business lang. It's really to help the tourism of Tagaytay, showing them na bumabangon kami," he says.
Sky Ranch Tagaytay houses the Tagaytay Eye, the tallest ferris wheel in the country. From atop, a view of the whole Taal Lake can be seen.
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