PCG sends teams, assets to Batangas amid Taal eruption

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2020   •   607

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has deployed its teams and assets to Batangas to help in the evacuation of families affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano.

The PCG said they are currently conducting disaster response operations in several barangays in Talisay and Laurel towns in Batangas and evacuated remaining families heavily affected by the ashfall.

District Southern Tagalog Commander Commodore Leovigildo Panopio reported that the PCG station in Talisay on Monday has successfully transported residents from San Nicolas, Talisay, Nasugbu and Lemery in Batangas to their respective evacuation centers.  

Approximately 300 families were also transferred from the evacuation center in Talisay going to a larger and safer evacuation center in Santo Tomas, Batangas on midnight of January 13, the PCG said.

PCG district in Southern Tagalog also sent medical teams to provide assistance to evacuees who are experiencing difficulties in breathing and other health-related issues caused by inhaled ashfall.

The agency also distributed N95 masks to the evacuees, especially to children, senior citizens, and pregnant women.

The PCG said its Task Force Taal, headed by Commodore Art Abu, has already been activated to implement further disaster response measures, in coordination with the Provincial Disaster Risk Response and Management Office in Batangas.

2 nabbed for allegedly pouring chemical into river in Batangas that caused huge foam

Robie de Guzman   •   August 20, 2020

Police on Thursday arrested two individuals in Tuy, Batangas for allegedly throwing chemical wastes into a river that caused a huge foam to appear in Barangays Sabang and Bayudbud.

Local authorities identified the suspects as Romano Cabrera, 46, and Mark Anthony Austria, 38. Both are residents of Tuy town.

Police said the two were apprehended following complaints from residents about a foul smell in the area in the afternoon of August 19.

When they proceeded to the area to verify the information, police allegedly found the two suspects cleaning 16 drums on the river’s shore.

Police said appropriate charges will be filed against them.

The local government of Tuy and the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office, meanwhile, said an investigation into the effects of the chemicals is underway. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Aris Silvestre)

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No casualty in MV Moreta fire off Marikaban Island, Batangas — PCG

Marje Pelayo   •   July 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) immediately dispatched BRP Boracay to help in the fire incident involving a Philippine-registered cargo vessel, MV Moreta Venture southwest off Marikaban Island in Batangas  around 4:53 a.m. Monday (July 20).

Commodore Leovigildo Panopio of the PCG-Southern Tagalog reported that there was no casualty in the incident.

The fire was immediately contained and declared fire out at around 8:00 a.m.

BRP Boracay (FPB-2401) was berthed in Sta. Clara, Batangas City when the PCG Command Center received a distress call from said cargo vessel.

Said cargo vessel, which is now dead on the water and drifting, will be towed to the nearest port for safety. 

The PCG is now coordinating with the nearest tugboat in the vicinity waters for assistance.

Lahar flows inundate houses in Batangas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 8, 2020

Residents of Barangay Buso-Buso, Laurel, and Barangay Banyaga in Agoncillo, Batangas were seen sweeping mud from their houses after lahar brought by heavy rainfall flowed into their homes on Sunday (June 7).

Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Chairman of Barangay Buso-Buso Cyrus Mendoza reported that no one was hurt during the incident and residents have already begun a bayanihan to clean their barangay.

“Habang bumubuhos po ang malakas na ulan ay nakita po namin ang lahar flow na nanggaling sa mga kabundukan sa amin. Pinuntahan po namin ang mga bahay na pinasukan po lahar na ito (While the rain was pouring heavily, we saw the lahar flow from our mountains. We have already visited the houses affected by the lahar flow),” he said.

Both barangays Banyaga and Buso-Buso are in the 7-kilometer danger zone of Taal Volcano.

The lahar came from the ashes brought by the Taal eruption in January. –AAC (with reports from Aris Silvestre)

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