(02 July 2021)

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and the CALABARZON Regional DRRMC are closely monitoring the situation in areas affected by the phreatomagmatic eruption of the Taal Volcano and the raising of alert level 3 yesterday.

In Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology’s (PHIVOLCS) the 8:00 a. m. bulletin today, four short phreatomagmatic eruptions have been occurred in Taal Volcano.

CALABARZON Regional DRRMC has been coordinating with the mayors of affected areas in Batangas to support the evacuation activities in the high-risk barangays as well as for resource augmentation to response operations in case the volcano unrest continues.

Affected areas include barangays Poblacion, and Sinturisan in San Nicolas; Gulod, Buso Buso, 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.

In the latest situation report of the Batangas Provincial DRRMO, there are already 345 affected families or of 1,392 individuals. A total of 317 families or 1,282 individuals are being served inside 11 evacuation centers while 28 families or 110 individuals are staying with their relatives and friends in safe areas.

Regional offices of government agencies and uniformed services in CALABARZON have also implemented measures to support the evacuation of affected population are in full alert status to provide assistance if the need arises.

In an emergency meeting conducted by RDRRMC CALABARZON yesterday, the Department of the Interior and Local Government IV-A reported that it has released an advisory to Batangas and Cavite Local Government Units for measures to be implemented.

Meanwhile, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Bautista issued an alert order for the Taal situation. DSWD CALABARZON already prepositioned food packs amounting to 1.4 Million pesos and non-food items worth 11 Million pesos for the affected population.

Medical personnel are on stand-by with continuous coordination with the Provincial Health Offices, the Department of Health said.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology is coordinating with telecommunications companies and National Telecommunications Commission in preparation for communication concerns.

The Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Philippine Coast Guard have activated their task groups for the deployment of personnel and prepositioned their respective assets.

In support to the response effort, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said it has also prepositioned its floating assets and vehicles for mobilization.

The NDRRMC Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment group will convene this afternoon to further discuss the situation as well as measures to be implemented to assist the affected residents.