Duterte leads distribution of assistance to families affected by Taal eruption

Maris Federez   •   January 20, 2020   •   1162

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday (Jan. 20) led the distribution of assistance to families affected by the Taal eruption in Sto. Tomas in Batangas.

Relief goods coming from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and hygiene kits, sleeping mats and coffee seedlings from the Department of Agriculture (DA) were just some of the relief assistance given to the families in Sto. Tomas during the President’s visit.

The DA and the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) also handed out financial assistance to farmers who were affected by the ashfall.

The President also said he has given instruction to the National Housing Authorities (NHA) to assist families in rebuilding their homes.

The chief executive said that with the current activity of the Taal volcano, evacuees may have to stay at the evacuation centers for a much longer time.

“Alam mo sa nakita ko at itong Taal na ito pangmatagalan ito. Kaya in the meantime, magpaplano tayo kung paano — how you would negotiate from the time na nandito kayo hanggang pag-uwi ninyo. Malaking pera ‘yan. Pero ang gobyerno may pera. May pera ang gobyerno para tumulong,” the President said.

The President also underscored the need for a supplemental budget to sustain the restoration of houses and the provision of livelihood projects for the thousands of families affected by Taal.

He explained that the current budget does not include expenditures for the devastating calamity.

Duterte said he may also have to ask the help of the National Treasurer to aid in such measures.

According to records, the eruption has already caused damage to agriculture amounting to around Php3-billion.

After seeing the state of the evacuees at the gymnasium of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, the President urged Congress to draft measures that will lead to the building of large evacuation centers for disaster-prone areas.

“Wala tayong pagkukulang, ang problema lang itong accommodations ninyo. Kaya I am urging Congress na sa lahat ng mga prone areas ng disaster […] magkaroon ng evacuation center na malalaki. Lalo na yung probinsya na nakaharap sa Pacific Ocean and that would be Samar, Isabela, Cagayan, yun ang nakaharap dun, pati dito,” the President said.

He also stressed that Congress must prioritize allotting funds for the construction of the evacuation centers as the project should have already been started as a major eruption of the volcano is imminent.

The President assured that the government has funds available for assistance efforts that he will make sure that appropriate amount will be given to affected families. — (from the report of Vincent Arboleda) /mbmf

Taal Volcano records high-level of sulfur dioxide

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Taal Volcano has emitted a record-high level of sulfur dioxide (SO2) on Tuesday (October 5), according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Based on the latest bulletin of Phivolcs, the volcano spewed out 25,456 tons of SO2 dominated by upwelling of hot volcanic fluids in its lake. The volcanic activity also generated plumes 1,500 meters tall that drifted northwest and northeast.

Alert Level 2 remains over Taal Volcano. Phivolcs reminds the public that at Alert Level 2, sudden steam- or gas-driven explosions, volcanic earthquakes, minor ashfall, and lethal accumulations or expulsions of volcanic gas can occur and threaten areas within and around the Taal Volcano Island (TVI).

Phivolcs has recommended that entry into Taal Volcano Island, Taal’s Permanent Danger Zone or PDZ must be strictly prohibited, especially the vicinities of the Main Crater and the Daang Kastila fissure, and occupancy and boating on Taal Lake. AAC


Manila completes distribution of ECQ ayuda

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Manila City government completed its distribution of financial aid on Thursday evening (August 26).

The local government distributed financial aid to to about 380,820 families. Manila Department of Social Welfare (MDSW) director Re Fugoso said all these families received about P4,000 cash aid each in just 16 days, from August 11 to August 26.

Around P1,523,280,000 worth of financial aid has already been distributed for all six districts of Manila, including transport groups and vulnerable groups in the city.

Overall data for the distribution are as follows:

  • District 1 to 6 (including Baseco): 369,218 families with a total of P1,467,872,000
  • Transport groups: 10,256 families with a total of P41,024,000
  • Vulnerable groups: 1,346 families with a total of P5,384,000

The financial aid was sourced from national government funds after the National Capital Region (NCR) and other areas were placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). AAC


Taal Volcano records more sulfur dioxide emissions; alert level 2 remains

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — High sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission continues at Taal Volcano, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.

Based on the latest bulletin dated August 23 at 8:00 a.m., SO2 emission averaged 15,416 tonnes per day on August 22.

Vog was observed over the volcano and vicinity. There were also 27  volcanic earthquakes, including 17 volcanic tremor events with durations of two to 22 minutes and 10  low-frequency volcanic earthquakes.

Taal Volcano is still under alert level 2. Phivolcs warned that sudden steam- or gas-driven explosions, volcanic earthquakes, minor ashfall, and lethal accumulations or expulsions of volcanic gas can occur and threaten areas within and around Taal Volcano Island.

Entry into Taal Volcano Island, Taal’s permanent danger zone or PDZ must be strictly prohibited.

Local government officials are advised to continuously assess and strengthen the preparedness of previously evacuated barangays around Taal Lake in case of renewed unrest.



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