The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported Saturday, July 3, that more than 860 families or almost 3,300 individuals have been displaced by Taal Volcano’s magmatic unrest.
The DSWD Region IV-A said a total of 867 families or 3,298 individuals were affected by Taal Volcano’s restiveness since Thursday, July 1.
Of the number, 416 families or 1,712 individuals are currently staying in 16 evacuation centers in the municipalities of Agoncillo, Balete, Laurel, and Nasugbu , Batangas, it said.
While 451 families or 1,586 individuals have opted to stay with their friends or relatives outside the danger zone, it added.
DSWD Secretary Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista personally visited on Friday, July 2, some evacuation centers in Batangas province to personally look into the situation of the evacuee-families.
The department said it has initially provided 1,000 modular and family tents, and is set to dispatch 10,500 family food packs to the affected families in Batangas and Cavite.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) raised Taal Volcano’s status from Alert Level to 2 to Alert Level 3 on Thursday, July 1, at 3:37 p.m. after a short-lived phreatomagmatic eruption at the main crater occurred at 3:16 p.m.
Phreatomagmatic eruption is caused by magma coming into contact with groundwater.