Taal residents brave danger to rescue animals from volcano island

Marje Pelayo   •   January 14, 2020   •   1085

 Residents return from the volcano island after rescuing animal survivors affected by the thick ashfall in Balete, Batangas. (Photo: Sonny Rivas)

BATANGAS, Philippines – Aside from fishing, residents in the municipality of Balete in this province make a living from raising livestock especially horses which they use to tour visitors around Taal Volcano’s crater.

When the volcano started erupting, residents were forced to evacuate but they couldn’t just leave their beloved animals.

Resident Sonny Rivas shared on Facebook moving pictures of residents who braved the risk of going back to the volcano island just to rescue the animals left behind by their owners.

Sabi po noong mga nagdala, marami pa raw pong naiwan doon. Hindi lang daw po nila madala lahat (They said a number of animals remain on the island. They just couldn’t rescue all of them),” he told UNTV.

Alert Level 4 remains over Taal Volcano and Sonny said only a few residents remain in their town.

His entire family is also about to leave once they have packed everything they need as they head to safety.

He calls on other residents to also evacuate before a major eruption occurs.

Pumunta muna po sila sa safe zone. Iba na po ang nagsisigurado (They should leave for safer zones. It is still important to be safe),” he said.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) warned of a possible explosive eruption of Taal volcano anytime within hours or days.

PHIVOLCS OIC Renato Solidum in a series of press briefings has been calling for cooperation from surrounding communities to heed to evacuation orders.

“We need the cooperation of everyone. The scenario of hazardous eruption is a real scenario that has been exhibited by Taal volcano. If we look at those scenarios, the impact is quite significant,” he said Tuesday (January 14).

READ: Intense earthquakes in Taal indicate possible ‘explosive eruption’ —  PHIVOLCS

For now, Sonny said, they appeal for government support not only short-term aid but all the help for them to recover as Taal’s wrath already destroyed their source of living.  

“Sana naman po ay matulungan po lalo na po sa pangkabuhayan (We ask for assistance especially livelihood),” he concluded.

113 tremors recorded in Taal Volcano in past 24 hours

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has recorded an increasing number of tremors in Taal Volcano this week.

Based on the agency’s report released on Friday (February 26), the state seismologists recorded 113 volcanic tremors with an average duration of 34 minutes in the past 24 hours. This is a significant jump from yesterday when 69 volcanic tremors were recorded.

Phivolcs also reported an emission of weak steam-ladden fumes from the vents of the volcano’s main crater.

Despite the increase in tremors, Taal remains at Alert Level 1. The public is advised — especially residents near Taal — to remain in a safe area as more volcanic earthquakes, steam emissions, and minor ashfall can occur. Several residents have already been evacuated last week.

Phivolcs also reiterated that entry into Taal’s permanent danger zone remains prohibited. AAC

DSWD ready to aid areas affected by Taal Volcano unrest

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it is ready to provide aid to the local government units in need of assistance due to Taal Volcano’s renewed unrest.

In a statement, the DSWD said its field office in Region IV-A has more than P2.6 million worth of family food packs (FFPs) and over P8.5 million worth of available relief supplies for repacking. It also has more than P8.3 million standby funds that can be used to procure additional emergency relief supplies.

“The FO has also placed its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) under heightened alert to monitor volcanic activities and to provide technical assistance to municipalities that will require assistance,” according to the DSWD.

Meanwhile, the department urged residents in areas near the Taal Volcano to be vigilant and to strictly follow the orders of local authorities for their own safety. AAC

Phivolcs records 98 quakes in Taal Volcano in past 24 hours

Marje Pelayo   •   February 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) warned the public of possible sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions from Taal Volcano, based on their most recent recorded seismic activities of the volcano on Tuesday (February 16).

According to PHIVOLCS-DOST, they have recorded 98 volcanic tremors in the past 24 hours having durations of five to 12 minutes.

The Agency also monitored an increase in acidity and temperature of the Taal Volcano’s Main Crater Lake.

Alert Level 1 (Abnormal) remains in effect with possibility of sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, minor ashfall and lethal expulsions of volcanic gas occurring and threatening areas within the Taal Volcano Island.

PHIVOLCS-DOST strongly advised everyone against entering the Taal Volcano Island, Taal Volcano Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ), especially its Main Crater Lake and fissures in Daang Kastila, due to the danger posed by the volcano’s recent activities. MNP / Raymund David

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