Lives of Agoncillo, Batangas residents may return to normal in 5 months

Maris Federez   •   January 29, 2020   •   1475

Residents of Agoncillo, Batangas have started the clearing operation and fixing of street posts and waterpipes in their town.

With the severity of the damage brought about by the tremors and ashfall due to the Taal Volcano eruption, the Agoncillo local government said it could take three to five months before the lives of residents can return to normalcy.

The streets and establishments in the municipality are covered by ash.  

Most of the buildings and houses in the whole town, particularly in Barangay Pamiga, either have cracks or completely destroyed.

Most of the residents, with their houses totally ruined, just took what clothes and other things they could salvage and went to their residents in nearby towns.

The local government said concerned government agencies are fixing the water services, while the town’s electric company is doing its best to fix the electricity in the area.

The LGU will be conducting an assessment on the extent of the damage to determine the cost it will take for the whole town to rise again from the Taal tragedy. — (with details from Vincent Arboleda) /mbmf

Hirap sa paghinga dulot ng asupre, nararanasan sa Agoncillo, Batangas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2021

BATANGAS  —  Karamihan sa mga residente ay nananatili na lang muna sa loob ng bahay upang maiwasan nila ang amoy ng asupre na ibinubuga ng Bulkang Taal.

Isa na diyan si Nanay Elsa na nakaranas ng paninikip ng dibdib at hirap sa paghinga. Ayon kay Nanay Elsa nakararanas din sila ng pananakit ng lalamunan kapag nakakalanghap sila ng asupre.

Kaya naman madalas na silang nakasuot ng facemask lalo na kung hindi maiiwasang lumabas ng bahay.

“Parang may naamoy akong hindi maganda at parang sumikip ang dibdib ko ako naman bakit ganito sumikip ang dibdib ko mahirap huminga po para akong nahilo ako’y inubo na,” aniya.

Bukod sa mga residente na apektado ng asupre sa Barangay Banyaga, Bilibinwang at Subic Ilaya ay apektado na rin ang kanilang mga pananim at mga halaman na natutuyo dahil sa asupre.

Paliwanag naman ng Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), ang pagbuga ng sulphur dioxide ay nagpapakita na nasa mababaw na bahagi ng bulkan ang magma.

Bunsod nito, patuloy na pinag-iingat ng PHIVOLCS ang mga residente sa paligid ng bulkan at dapat anilang laging nakahanda ang mga opisyal ng lokal na pamahalaan.

Nananatiling nasa Alert Level 2 ang bulkan at posible pa ring mgakaroon ng steam-driven o phreatic explosion ayon sa PHIVOLCS.

Lahar flows inundate houses in Batangas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 8, 2020

Residents of Barangay Buso-Buso, Laurel, and Barangay Banyaga in Agoncillo, Batangas were seen sweeping mud from their houses after lahar brought by heavy rainfall flowed into their homes on Sunday (June 7).

Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Chairman of Barangay Buso-Buso Cyrus Mendoza reported that no one was hurt during the incident and residents have already begun a bayanihan to clean their barangay.

“Habang bumubuhos po ang malakas na ulan ay nakita po namin ang lahar flow na nanggaling sa mga kabundukan sa amin. Pinuntahan po namin ang mga bahay na pinasukan po lahar na ito (While the rain was pouring heavily, we saw the lahar flow from our mountains. We have already visited the houses affected by the lahar flow),” he said.

Both barangays Banyaga and Buso-Buso are in the 7-kilometer danger zone of Taal Volcano.

The lahar came from the ashes brought by the Taal eruption in January. –AAC (with reports from Aris Silvestre)

UNTV Cup players to join Wish Olympics

UNTV News   •   February 21, 2020

Julius Casaysayan of Agriculture Food Masters

MANILA, Philippines — Players from UNTV Cup – the Liga of Public Servants – are set to join the Wish Olympics, a charity sports and entertainment event for the benefit of the victims of the Taal Volcano eruption.

Among the players are PNP Responders’ Mariano “Neil Perez” Flormata Jr. and Anton Tolentino, Julius Casaysayan of Agriculture Food Masters, Rod William Vasallo of PITC Global Traders and Carlo Gonzalez of GSIS Furies.

PBA Legends and UNTV Cup Commissioners Atoy Co and Ed Cordero, as well as PBA Legends Allan Caidic, Johnny Abarrientos, Jayjay Helterbrand, Chris Calaguio, and Willie Miller, will also be gracing the event and extend their support.

Spearheaded by Wish 107.5 innovator and public service advocate, Kuya Daniel Razon, Wish Olympics will be held on February 23, 2020, at Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Rod William Vasallo of PITC Global Traders

It is aimed at extending more charity works to the people of Batangas, Cavite, and Laguna who have been severely affected by the explosion of the Taal Volcano.

Since the first week of the calamity, UNTV and the Members Church of God International, together with local and national government agencies have been carrying out medical missions and relief efforts for the victims.

Razon said he realizes the enormity of the eruption’s aftermath and that it will take months before the evacuees could carry on again with their normal lives.

This, he said, prompted him to think of ways to better extend assistance to the victims, and such is by way of the said sports and entertainment event.

PNP Responders’ Mariano “Neil Perez” Flormata Jr.

It will be participated in by artists like Morisette, Imago, Clara Benin, Jayda, The Juans, The Wishfuls, Rhea Basco, Mark Herras, JayR, Rayver Cruz, Ejay Falcon, Young JV, Jordan Herrera, Adrian Alandy, James Blanco, Albie Casino, Gerhard Acao and Axel Torres.

Professional volleyball players and TV/movie personalities such as Gretchen Ho, Kathy Bersola, Claudia Barretto, Gwen Zamora, Roma Joy Doromal, Che Sindayen, Jem Ferrer, Patcharee Saengmuang, Sandy Delos Santos, Aya Fernandez, Casey Da Silva, Ana Gopico, Amanda Villanueva, Nicole Tiamzon, Heather Guino-o, and Erika Alkuino will also team up for a friendly volleyball match.

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