Duterte leads distribution of assistance to families affected by Taal eruption

Maris Federez   •   January 20, 2020   •   909

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday (Jan. 20) led the distribution of assistance to families affected by the Taal eruption in Sto. Tomas in Batangas.

Relief goods coming from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and hygiene kits, sleeping mats and coffee seedlings from the Department of Agriculture (DA) were just some of the relief assistance given to the families in Sto. Tomas during the President’s visit.

The DA and the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) also handed out financial assistance to farmers who were affected by the ashfall.

The President also said he has given instruction to the National Housing Authorities (NHA) to assist families in rebuilding their homes.

The chief executive said that with the current activity of the Taal volcano, evacuees may have to stay at the evacuation centers for a much longer time.

“Alam mo sa nakita ko at itong Taal na ito pangmatagalan ito. Kaya in the meantime, magpaplano tayo kung paano — how you would negotiate from the time na nandito kayo hanggang pag-uwi ninyo. Malaking pera ‘yan. Pero ang gobyerno may pera. May pera ang gobyerno para tumulong,” the President said.

The President also underscored the need for a supplemental budget to sustain the restoration of houses and the provision of livelihood projects for the thousands of families affected by Taal.

He explained that the current budget does not include expenditures for the devastating calamity.

Duterte said he may also have to ask the help of the National Treasurer to aid in such measures.

According to records, the eruption has already caused damage to agriculture amounting to around Php3-billion.

After seeing the state of the evacuees at the gymnasium of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, the President urged Congress to draft measures that will lead to the building of large evacuation centers for disaster-prone areas.

“Wala tayong pagkukulang, ang problema lang itong accommodations ninyo. Kaya I am urging Congress na sa lahat ng mga prone areas ng disaster […] magkaroon ng evacuation center na malalaki. Lalo na yung probinsya na nakaharap sa Pacific Ocean and that would be Samar, Isabela, Cagayan, yun ang nakaharap dun, pati dito,” the President said.

He also stressed that Congress must prioritize allotting funds for the construction of the evacuation centers as the project should have already been started as a major eruption of the volcano is imminent.

The President assured that the government has funds available for assistance efforts that he will make sure that appropriate amount will be given to affected families. — (from the report of Vincent Arboleda) /mbmf

PHIVOLCS: 270 quakes recorded at Taal Volcano in past 24 hours

Robie de Guzman   •   March 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 270 quakes, including 193 episodes of volcanic tremor having durations of up to 12 minutes, were recorded in Taal Volcano in the past 24 hours, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said Friday.

In its latest bulletin, PHIVOLCS said it also monitored 77 low-frequency volcanic earthquakes, which is higher than the 25 recorded on the previous day.

The agency said it also observed weak emission of steam-laden plumes from fumarolic vents that rose up to 10 meters. Sulfur dioxide emission that averaged 925 tons per day was measured on Thursday.

“Ground deformation parameters from electronic tilt, continuous GPS and InSAR data analysis indicated a very slow and steady inflation and expansion of the Taal region since after the January 2020 eruption,” PHIVOLCS said.

“These parameters may indicate increased magmatic activity at shallow depths beneath the edifice,” it added.

Despite increased seismic activities, PHIVOLCS said that Taal Volcano remains under alert level 2 which means “increased unrest.”

The agency noted that the unrest has been “elevating” and that it is under constant evaluation.

PHIVOLCS reminds the public that under alert level 2, “sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, minor ashfall, and lethal accumulations or expulsions of volcanic gas can occur and threaten areas within and around Taal Volcano Island.”

Entry into the island and its permanent danger zone, especially in the vicinities of the main crater and the Daang Kastila fissure, must be strictly prohibited, the agency stressed.

Civil aviation authorities are also advised to inform pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano as airborne ash and ballistic fragments from sudden explosions and wind-remobilized ash may pose hazards to aircraft.

Phivolcs maintains Alert Level 2 in Taal as possibility of magmatic eruption increases

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Wednesday (March 24) warned about an increasing possibility of a magmatic eruption in Taal Volcano following an elevated increase in seismic activity.

In an advisory, Phivolcs said that since the Taal Volcano unrest in February, the overall volcanic activity has increased. The agency has recorded 259 volcanic earthquakes in Taal Volcano in the past 24 hours.

In the previous week, sulfur oxide gas emission also reached a high peak compared to the previous month. 

There has also been an indication of magma migrating across shallow depths of the Taal Volcano island which increased the possibilities of a magmatic eruption, according to Phivolcs.

“Alert Level 2 (increased unrest) is currently maintained over Taal Volcano but that unrest has been elevating and is under constant evaluation,” according to Phivolcs.

The agency maintains an Alert Level 2 in Taal. It also reminds local government units to continuously assess and strengthen their preparation. Entry is prohibited on the Taal Volcano Island, Taal’s permanent danger zone, especially the vicinity of the main crater and the Daang Kastila fissure. -AAC

PHIVOLCS: 164 volcanic quakes around Taal recorded in last 24 hours

Robie de Guzman   •   March 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — At least 164 volcanic quakes, including 67 tremors, have been recorded around Taal Volcano in the last 24 hours, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said Thursday.

In its latest bulletin, PHIVOLCS noted that the volcanic quakes have durations of one to two minutes and three hybrid events.

TAAL VOLCANO BULLETIN
18 March 2021
08:00 A.M.

In the past 24-hour period, the Taal Volcano Network recorded one…

Posted by Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS-DOST) on Wednesday, March 17, 2021

The latest number of quakes recorded is higher than Wednesday’s 55 quakes with 44 tremors.

PHIVOLCS also observed that the activity at the main crater consisted of weak emission of steam-laden plumes from fumarolic vents that rose 20 meters high. The volcano also emitted Sulfur dioxide (SO2) that averaged 605 tons.

The agency also reported that on March 4, the temperature at the Taal main crater lake was at 71.8°C, while its acidity level was at pH of 1.59 last February 12.

“Ground deformation parameters from electronic tilt, continuous GPS and InSAR data analysis indicated a very slow and steady inflation and expansion of the Taal region since after the January 2020 eruption. These parameters may indicate increased magmatic activity at shallow depths beneath the edifice,” it added.

PHIVOLCs said Taal Volcano remains under alert level 2, which means that sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, minor ashfall, and lethal accumulations or expulsions of volcanic gas can occur and threaten areas within the Taal Volcano Island.

The agency reiterated that Taal’s Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ), especially the vicinities of the main crater and the Daang Kastila fissure, must remain strictly prohibited.

PHIVOLCS reminded local government units to continuously assess and strengthen the preparedness of previously evacuated barangays around Taal Lake in case of renewed unrest.

Civil aviation authorities must also advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano as airborne ash and ballistic fragments from sudden explosions and wind-remobilized ash may pose hazards to aircraft.

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