The National Telecommunications Commission has directed all telecommunications entities to ensure that their services are unhampered in the areas affected by the recent volcanic activity of Taal Volcano.
Pursuant to Memorandum Order No. 05-04-2011 signed by NTC Commissioner Gamaliel A. Cordoba, the NTC has ordered telco firms to ensure that there are sufficient number of technical and support personnel and standby generators with extra fuel, tools and spare equipment in communities surrounding Taal Volcano and nearby cities and provinces.
As reported on Saturday by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), “at 1516H (3:16 PM) PST, Taal Volcano Main Crater generated a short-lived dark phreatomagmatic plume 1 kilometer-high with no accompanying volcanic earthquake. In view of the above, DOST-PHIVOLCS is now raising the alert status of Taal from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 3. This means that there is magmatic intrusion at the Main Crater that may further drive succeeding eruptions.
The report continued: “PHIVOLCS strongly recommends Taal Volcano Island and high-risk barangays of Agoncillo and Laurel, Batangas be evacuated due to the possible hazards of pyroclastic density currents and volcanic tsunami.”
The NTC also directed telecommunications entities to deploy “Libreng Tawag and Libreng Charging Stations” in evacuation sites identified by the Provincial Government of Batangas.
“You are also reminded to coordinate with the local government units and observe strict health protocols to avoid transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19),” the NTC said.