July 2, 2021

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation Center (NDRRMC) mobilizes government action for the Taal eruption

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and its counterpart in the province of Calabarzon, officials are closely monitoring the situation in the region following the phreatomagmatic bursts at Taal Volcano and the subsequent raising of Alert Level 3 on Thursday.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported four brief phreatomagmatic eruptions of Taal volcano on Friday morning in its volcano bulletin, which was published at 8 a.m. local time.

A collaboration between the Calabarzon Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation Management Council and the mayors of impacted regions in Batangas is underway to provide resource augmentation for response operations if the volcanic disturbance continues.

Poblacion, Sinturisan, and Buso Buso in San Nicolas are among the communities impacted, as are Gulod, Bugaan West, and Bugaan East in Laurel; Subic Ilaya, Banyaga, and Bilibinwang in Agoncillo; Apacay, Taal; Luyos and Boot in Tanauan City; and San Sebastian, Balete.

As of 3 p.m. Friday, there were already 345 impacted households, totaling 1,392 people in the affected area.

An estimated 317 families or 1,282 people are being served inside 11 evacuation centers, while 28 families or 110 individuals are being serviced outside evacuation centers or who have remained with family and friends.

Local government units and uniformed services in Calabarzon have also taken steps to prepare for the disaster, and are on high alert to respond to calls from the public.

During an emergency meeting held by the RDRRMC on Thursday, the Department of the Interior and Local Government-Calabarzon informed that it has sent an advisory to local government units in Batangas and Cavite advising them on the steps that should be taken in the province.

Secretary Rolando Bautista of the Department of Social Welfare and Development said their Calabarzon office has already pre-positioned food packs worth PHP1.4 million and non-food goods worth PHP11 million in anticipation of the influx of people.

According to the Department of Health, medical professionals are being prepared for deployment and are working in close collaboration with the Provincial Health Offices.

In order to address communication issues, the Department of Information and Communications Technology is working in collaboration with telecommunications firms and the National Telecommunications Commission.

Task groups have been activated by the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Philippine Coast Guard, with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources announcing that it has also prepositioned its floating assets and vehicles in preparation for mobilization.

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