PH Navy’s elite force provides assistance to affected communities in Taal eruption
Aileen Cerrudo • January 21, 2020 • 561
The elite force of the Philippine Navy has provided assistance to communities in Batangas affected by the Taal eruption.
The Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG) distributed relief goods, including food, bottled water and toys to barangays and evacuation centers in towns near Taal Volcano.
According to the Philippine Navy, over a thousand adults and 400 children were given relief goods.
Philippine Navy’s Flag Officer In Command, Vice Admiral Robert A. Empedrad said the Philippine Navy is always ready to extend help to their fellowmen.
“Both our regular and reserve force give diligent efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by the calamity triggered by the eruption of Taal Volcano. Let us work together to ensure that we deliver all the services needed by our people. Your Philippine Navy is always ready to serve in every situation; we are a force that the Filipino people can always count on,” he said.—AAC
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.
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)
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Thursday said it has downgraded the alert on Taal Volcano to level 1 following the decrease in volcanic quakes and surface activity at the main crater.
In its bulletin, Phivolcs said the Taal Volcano’s condition in the succeeding four weeks after its alert was lowered to level 2, has been characterized by low-level volcanic earthquake activity, stabilizing ground deformation of the Taal Caldera and the Taal Volcano Island edifices, and weak surface activity at the Main Crater and the Daang Kastila fissure.
“DOST-PHIVOLCS is lowering the alert status of Taal Volcano from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 1 to reflect the overall decreasing trend in the level of monitoring parameters,” its bulletin reads.
State volcanologists said that alert level 1 means that the volcano is still in “abnormal condition,” and that this “should not be interpreted that unrest has ceased or that the threat of an eruption has disappeared.”
Under alert level 1, 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 alert level may be raised back to alert level 2 “should pronounced change in monitored parameters forewarn of renewed unrest,” Phivolcs said.
The agency reminded residents that entry to Taal’s permanent danger zone, especially the vicinities of the Main Crater and the Daang Kastila fissure, remains strictly prohibited.
The Taal Volcano was placed under alert level 4 when it spewed ash on January 12 which sent thousands of residents to temporary shelters and disrupted businesses in surrounding areas.
It was later lowered to alert level 2 several weeks later due to decreased unrest. — ROBIE DE GUZMAN
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