Taal Volcano island dwellers relocated to Ibaan, Batangas
Robie de Guzman • February 4, 2020 • 848
MANILA, Philippines – Residents of Taal Volcano Island displaced by the volcano’s unrest have been temporarily relocated to another town in Batangas.
Several families who fled their homes in the island were moved to a relocation site in Barangay Talibon in Ibaan town.
The local government relocated them to 123 housing units initially prepared for members of the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Army.
Residents from Barangay Alas-as, Pulang Bato in San Nicolas, and Zone 4 of Talisay, whose homes and livelihood were destroyed by the Taal ashfall, were among those transferred to the site.
Some of the volcano island dwellers were ordered transferred for their safety after the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) declared Taal Volcano Island a permanent danger zone.
Phivolcs has since downgraded the alert status of Taal Volcano from level 4 to level 3, two weeks after its eruption sent thousands of families scrambling for safety. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Sherwin Culubong)
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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