Tiaong LGU opens cash-for-work program for evacuees

Maris Federez   •   January 18, 2020   •   1505

 Filipinos walk barefoot on a road affected by a landslide due to a recent eruption of Taal Volcano, in Agoncillo town, Batangas province, south of Manila, Philippines 14 January 2020. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has kept the alert level at four, following Taal Volcano’s eruption on 12 January 2020. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

The local government of Tiaong in the province of Quezon has opened a cash-for-work program for evacuees from Batangas.

The program aims at providing temporary livelihood for more than 2,300 evacuees while they are in town.

The municipal government also said that they are open to the possibility of more evacuees to be sent their way in case Taal Volcano’s situation worsens.

They believe that this can also serve as a stress debriefing for the victims.

“Inaanticipate na natin na pupwede silang magtagal dito so sayang naman yung ititigil nila dito sa amin kung i-spoon-feed na lang natin. So mas maganda naman bukod dun sa magkakameron sila ng additional income ay magiging busy sila sa buong maghapon,” said Tiaong MDRRMO officer-in-charge, Celso Degrano.

Some of the available jobs for evacuees are street sweeping, drainage declogging, and other local government projects that need temporary workers.

The town’s Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is also considering opening several livelihood programs that will be suitable for the evacuees.

“Pwede kaming gumawa ng isang proyekto na kung saan in exchange for their services ay mayroong certain amount na pupwedeng ibigay sa kanila in a short time depende sa kakayahan ng munisipyo,” Degrano added.

Student evacuees may also sit in on classes corresponding to their grade level so they can continue going to school.

The MDRRMO also gave the assurance that they have sufficient relief goods and hygiene kits to provide the evacuees.

Aside from the town’s evacuation centers, several establishments have also prepared their facilities to accommodate evacuees. — (with details from Quezon Correspondent Japeth Cablaida) /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

 

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.

 

Phivolcs records high sulfur dioxide emission at Taal Volcano

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — High sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission at Taal volcano was recorded on Thursday (August 19) by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Based on the August 19, 4:30 p.m. bulletin, the measurement of volcanic sulfur dioxide or SO2 flux from the Taal Main Crater totaled 15,347 tonnes per day, marking a rising trend in volcanic SO2 degassing since August 13.

In the same period, tall steam-rich plumes that rose 1,000-3,000 meters were also generated by the Taal Main Crater.

“The high SO2 flux, water vapor emitted in plumes, weak air movement and solar radiation will continue to produce volcanic smog or vog over the Taal region,” Phivolcs reported.

Hazy conditions were also observed over Taal Lake and surrounding municipalities surrounding Taal Lake.

Phivolcs also received reports of adverse effects of the emission on some residents of Talisay and Brgy. Barigon, Agoncillo.

Vog consists of fine droplets containing volcanic gas such as SO2 which is acidic and can cause irritation of the eyes, throat, and respiratory tract in severities depending on the gas concentrations and durations of exposure.

The agency also reminded the public to limit exposure, avoid outdoor activities, stay indoors, and shut doors and windows.

The public should also cover the nose, ideally with an N95 facemask. Drink plenty of water to reduce any throat irritation or constriction.

Phivolcs recommends that health checks be conducted by local government officials on communities affected by vog to assess the severity of SO2 impacts on their constituents and to consider temporary evacuation of severely exposed residents to safer areas.

Alert Level 2 (Increased Unrest) prevails over Taal Volcano and that the threat of sudden steam- or gas-driven explosions and lethal accumulations or expulsions of volcanic gas can occur and threaten areas within and around Taal Volcano Island. -AAC

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