Sat. Jul 24th, 2021

With Taal Volcano showing signs of unrest, residents of 13 barangays near the Taal Volcano in Batangas have started to evacuate, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Friday said.

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Mark Cashean Timbal, NDRRMC deputy spokesperson, said the barangays from six towns are Barangays Poblacion, Sinturisan in San Nicolas; Barangays Gulod, Buso Buso, Bugaan West, Bugaan East in Laurel; Barangays Subic Ilaya, Banyaga, Bilibinwang in Agoncillo; Barangay Apacay in Taal; Barangay Luyos, Boot in Tanauan City; Barangay San Sebastian in Balete.

Citing reports from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Batangas, Timbal said evacuees from these areas are housed in 11 evacuation centers. The number of affected families is around 345 or around 1,392 individuals.

About 317 families are housed in evacuation centers while those staying outside and sheltering with relatives are 28 families or around 110 individuals.

Meanwhile, military personnel, vehicles and equipment have been deployed to assist in several Batangas towns affected by Taal Volcano’s unrest, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Friday.

AFP spokesperson Marine Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said two military trucks come from the 2nd Infantry Division and a towable fuel and forward deployed to the Philippine Air Force’s 730th Combat Group in Nasugbu town.

“We have placed more personnel on alert and ready for immediate deployment. Communications equipment were also deployed,” Arevalo said.

Other units of the Southern Luzon Command are on standby and ready to assist anytime, he added.

The AFP’s Joint Task Group Taal, led by Brig. Gen. Rommel Tello, is coordinating with local chief executives in monitoring the volcano, now under Alert Level 3 (magmatic unrest).

Other military units were constituted as disaster response teams, including officer-led reservists with equipment placed on standby alert and prepositioned at the Fernando Airbase in Lipa City.”We will continue monitoring the situation and the developments,” Arevalo said. “We are prepared to assist and to assume the lead with the PNP when needed.”

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