Lives of Agoncillo, Batangas residents may return to normal in 5 months

Maris Federez   •   January 29, 2020   •   452

Residents of Agoncillo, Batangas have started the clearing operation and fixing of street posts and waterpipes in their town.

With the severity of the damage brought about by the tremors and ashfall due to the Taal Volcano eruption, the Agoncillo local government said it could take three to five months before the lives of residents can return to normalcy.

The streets and establishments in the municipality are covered by ash.  

Most of the buildings and houses in the whole town, particularly in Barangay Pamiga, either have cracks or completely destroyed.

Most of the residents, with their houses totally ruined, just took what clothes and other things they could salvage and went to their residents in nearby towns.

The local government said concerned government agencies are fixing the water services, while the town’s electric company is doing its best to fix the electricity in the area.

The LGU will be conducting an assessment on the extent of the damage to determine the cost it will take for the whole town to rise again from the Taal tragedy. — (with details from Vincent Arboleda) /mbmf

UNTV Cup players to join Wish Olympics

UNTV News   •   February 21, 2020

Julius Casaysayan of Agriculture Food Masters

MANILA, Philippines — Players from UNTV Cup – the Liga of Public Servants – are set to join the Wish Olympics, a charity sports and entertainment event for the benefit of the victims of the Taal Volcano eruption.

Among the players are PNP Responders’ Mariano “Neil Perez” Flormata Jr. and Anton Tolentino, Julius Casaysayan of Agriculture Food Masters, Rod William Vasallo of PITC Global Traders and Carlo Gonzalez of GSIS Furies.

PBA Legends and UNTV Cup Commissioners Atoy Co and Ed Cordero, as well as PBA Legends Allan Caidic, Johnny Abarrientos, Jayjay Helterbrand, Chris Calaguio, and Willie Miller, will also be gracing the event and extend their support.

Spearheaded by Wish 107.5 innovator and public service advocate, Kuya Daniel Razon, Wish Olympics will be held on February 23, 2020, at Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Rod William Vasallo of PITC Global Traders

It is aimed at extending more charity works to the people of Batangas, Cavite, and Laguna who have been severely affected by the explosion of the Taal Volcano.

Since the first week of the calamity, UNTV and the Members Church of God International, together with local and national government agencies have been carrying out medical missions and relief efforts for the victims.

Razon said he realizes the enormity of the eruption’s aftermath and that it will take months before the evacuees could carry on again with their normal lives.

This, he said, prompted him to think of ways to better extend assistance to the victims, and such is by way of the said sports and entertainment event.

PNP Responders’ Mariano “Neil Perez” Flormata Jr.

It will be participated in by artists like Morisette, Imago, Clara Benin, Jayda, The Juans, The Wishfuls, Rhea Basco, Mark Herras, JayR, Rayver Cruz, Ejay Falcon, Young JV, Jordan Herrera, Adrian Alandy, James Blanco, Albie Casino, Gerhard Acao and Axel Torres.

Professional volleyball players and TV/movie personalities such as Gretchen Ho, Kathy Bersola, Claudia Barretto, Gwen Zamora, Roma Joy Doromal, Che Sindayen, Jem Ferrer, Patcharee Saengmuang, Sandy Delos Santos, Aya Fernandez, Casey Da Silva, Ana Gopico, Amanda Villanueva, Nicole Tiamzon, Heather Guino-o, and Erika Alkuino will also team up for a friendly volleyball match.

Joint Task Group Taal visits towns severely affected by Taal eruption

Maris Federez   •   February 6, 2020

The Joint Task Group (JTG) Taal is continually monitoring the towns of Batangas that are severely affected by the Taal Volcano eruption.

The group on Wednesday (Feb. 5) distributed relief goods, in coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

With the Taal Volcano alert level brought down to 3, the group said it will continue its clearing operations on the streets that were covered by ashfall; cleaning of schools and repairing of establishments in the town of Laurel.

“Nakaready tayo sa lahat ng eventualities pati paglikas siyempre priority rin natin ang paglikas,” said AFP chief Ge. Felimon Santos Jr.

Laurel, Batangas Mayor Joan Amo said they are continuously beefing up their readiness to respond to the possible explosion of Taal.

“Bumuo na kami ng contingency plan para sa disaster plan po namin […] Ang panawagan ko lang sa aking mga kababayan sana po ay seryosohin at makinig nang mabuti doon sa aming itatalagang o ibibigay sa kanilang plano base na rin sa pinag-aralan at pinagkasunduan ng buong nanunungkulan dito sa bayan,” Amo said. — (from the report of Sherwin Culubong) /mbmf

Man reported missing in Volcano Island

Maris Federez   •   January 31, 2020

Marlon Deteral

The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the Batangas Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) will be conducting a search for a 26-year-old man who had gone missing following the Taal Volcano eruption.

This, after a mother sought the help of the UNTV News and Rescue team to find her son whom they last saw amid the confusion brought about by the Taal volcano eruption.

Marilyn Deteral said she and her husband, together with their other children left their house in Barangay Alas-as in San Nicolas, Batangas when the volcano erupted.

Alas-as is one of the barangays located at the Taal Volcano Island.

Marlon, her son, was not with them at that time they evacuated and was neither at the evacuation center they were sent to.

A neighbor told them that Marlon went back home to look for them. He has not gone back to the evacuation center.

It is now three weeks since Marilyn reported her missing child but until now, the family has not received any update.

She said her family has already accepted her son’s fate.

“Sana po matulungan niyo po ako na mahukay po ang aking (anak) doon sa Alas-as po na hanggang ngayon po ay di pa po nahuhukay. Siguro po nadaganan po siya sa bahay namin dahil po bumalik siya dun dahil tiningnan po kami, ay wala na po kami doon,” Marilyn said. — (from the report of Vincent Arboleda) /mbmf

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