DSWD logs 500 family-evacuees in 4 municipalities in Batangas

Published July 5, 2021, 1:05 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Monday, July 5, that around 500 families or 2,000 individuals are currently staying in 16 evacuation centers in four municipalities in Batangas.

Residents in Laurel, Batangas take temporary shelter at Barangay Ticub Elementary School on July 1, 2021 after a short-lived phreatomagmatic eruption occurs at Taal Volcano’s main crater. (Photo by ALI VICOY)

DSWD Undersecretary Felicisimo Budiongan said the Taal Volcano’s unrest has so far affected 1,200 families or 4,500 individuals in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon).

“Base sa latest report ng DSWD Field Office IV-A kahapon, mayroong estimated, 1,200 families, or 4,500 individuals sa Region Calabarzon na apektado ng volcanic activity ng Taal Volcano (Based on the latest report of DSWD Field Office IV-A yesterday, there are an estimated 1,200 families, or 4,500 individuals in Region Calabarzon affected by the volcanic activity of the Taal Volcano),” he said during the Laging Handa briefing.

“Mula sa nabanggit na bilang, may mahigit tayo na 500 families o nasa 2,000 inidviduals ang nasa 16 evacuation centers sa Agoncillo, Balete, Laurel at Nasugbu, Batangas (Of this number, we have more than 500 families or 2,000 individuals in 16 evacuation centers in Agoncillo, Balete, Laurel and Nasugbu, Batangas),” he added.

Meanwhile, around 700 families or 2,500 individuals have opted to stay with their relatives and/or friends.

Budiongan said they are “currently doing assessment” and locating the whereabouts of these displaced families to ensure that they will be assisted.

He said the DSWD will dispatch 2,000 hygiene kits to Canyon Woods, Laurel, Batangas, while another 3,000 hygiene kits, 5,000 sleeping kits, 5,000 family kits, and 5,000 family food packs (FFPs) will be transported to Batangas Sports Complex.

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The DSWD had vowed to continue coordinating with the local government units (LGUs) “to monitor the situation and to assess how the affected residents can be better assisted.”

In a Facebook post on Saturday, July 3, the DSWD Region IV-A said a total of 867 families or 3,298 individuals have so far been affected by Taal Volcano’s restiveness.

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.

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Bautista personally visited on Friday, July 2, some evacuation centers in Batangas province to personally check on the situation of the evacuee-families.

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The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) raised Taal Volcano’s status from Alert Level 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.