pr response 03042020

The NDRRMC gathered its response cluster members on Monday afternoon to discuss ongoing relief operations on the Taal Volcanic Eruption, as well as gather updates on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (nCoV).

As of 6 AM of 04 February 2020, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) identified a total of 129,010 families or 482,925 persons affected in the provinces of Batangas, Quezon, Laguna and Cavite. Of which, a total of 6,830 families or 23,915 persons are taking temporary shelters in 152 evacuation centers, while 60,373 families or 224,188 persons are served outside of the ECs.

A total of 3 roads remain on lockdown, while 6 road sections were already open to traffic. All flights cancelled due to volcanic ash have already resumed.

As of 29 January 2020, a total of 231 cities or municipalities have resumed classes. Work in all government offices in CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, and NCR have resumed since 14 January 2020.

The provinces of Batangas, Cavite, and Tagaytay City remain under State of Calamity due to the effects of Taal. An identified Php3,353,108,882.00 worth of damage to infrastructure and agriculture was incurred in the provinces of Batangas, Laguna and Cavite.

A total of Php95,788,244.72 worth of assistance was provided by DSWD, OCD, DA, DOH, DepEd, and LGU to the affected families.

OCD augmented DSWD’s rice supply for evacuees by contributing 6,880 sacks of rice, while the OCD-CALABARZON gave 200,000 sandbags for use in the clearing of ashfalls. OCD also facilitated in the turn-over of 163 portalets, tents, first aid kits, mosquito nets, and hygiene kits among others from Melco Resorts Foundation Corporation (City of Dreams Manila) to NDRRMC. OCD also assisted on the request for deployment of one (1) AFP Mobile Kitchen Truck to Batangas City, request for additional sandbags, request for provision of transportation to deliver relief goods, and the request for air asset to transport Food and Non-Food Items (FNFIs) from DSWD Field Office Region X to Villamor Airbase for the affected families in Batangas.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported a total of 60 kitchens in 39 evacuation centers established, and a total of 1,000 kilos of assorted fresh vegetable from Baguio City, Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) were distributed to 10 evacuation centers. DSWD maintained that there is a continuous monitoring of evacuation centers and provisions of Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Protection services in coordination with cluster members.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) dispatched a total of 90 vehicles to assist in the conduct of decampment, security control points, traffic assistance, and performed continuous security coverage in remaining areas declared under danger zone. The mobility of transport of relief goods were also administered.  In the same light, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) provided assistance in the repacking and distribution of relief goods. BFP served water rationing and flushing operations, and PCG further delivered medical missions and seaborne patrols, Floating assets were also deployed and buoys were set to mark danger zones surrounding the Taal Lake.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) provided ongoing cleaning and clearing operations, and assisted in transferring evacuees from evacuation centers to their respective residences. The Department of Transportation (DOTR) granted exemption to toll fees of vehicles carrying relief goods at SLEX, and established an exemption to number coding and truck ban. They have also fielded 13 buses for evacuation use.

As of 02 February 2020, the Department of Education (DepEd) identified 1,022 affected schools with 562,428 affected learners and 19,714 personnel within Region IV-A. DepEd had begun the assessment and finalization of the Program of Works for the immediate repair and reconstruction of damaged classrooms.

The Department of Health (DOH) delivered Medical / Public Health service, of which the Bicol Medical Center provided 100 units of Fresh Whole Blood to Batangas Medical Center, and 10 Women Friendly Space were installed. For Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Service, the Center for Health Development (CHD) IV-A rented 53 portalets, and CHD CALABARZON continued to conduct misting operations, larviciding and search and destroy activities at different evacuation centers. DOH is closely monitoring its psychological support services and ongoing disease surveillance.

A brief discussion followed in relation to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (nCoV), where DOH presented an updated timeline of events concerning the first two confirmed cases of the said virus. As part of its response, DOH identified a total of 383 individuals who came in close contact with the two Chinese nationals and were traced in order to ensure their conditions and provide proper health service. DOH also emphasized on the correct observance of frequent and proper handwashing and cough etiquette to avoid the transmission of respiratory infections.

The cluster agencies stressed on continuous coordination and monitoring with local DRRM and other concerned agencies to guarantee the well-being of those affected by the Taal Volcanic Eruption.