Taal Volcano hasn’t erupted since 1977 it was not until January 12, 2020, hundreds of families were strucked as Taal Volcano manifested its eruption and has been active since then. Emissions that was generated in the volcano are ash plumes between 500 and 1,000 meters tall and have dispersed ash southwest of the main crater, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).
A total evacuation order remains in place for the Taal Volcano Island and high-risk areas within the 14-km radius of the volcano’s crater and along the Pansipit River Valley where fissuring has been observed. According to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), as of 21 January, more than 271,000 people are affected, of whom more than 148,000 people are being assisted in over 490 evacuation centres, and over 87,000 people are with host families. The Department of Education reports that more than 300 schools are being used as evacuation centres, affecting more than 9,700 students. According to the Department of Agriculture, more than 15,000 hectares of agricultural lands have been affected. The financial cost of damage and losses to agriculture and fisheries is estimated at ₱3.17 billion (US$ 62 million), with the fisheries sector accounting for about half of the losses.
The Province of Bukidnon is now stepping in and extending their help to the survivors of the recent Taal Volcano Eruption. It was signed it the 28th Regular Session of the 26th Sangguniang Panlalawigan held last January 21, 2020. With the leadership of the current officials they have granted the donation amount of 6 Million Pesos to 6 areas of Batangas and Cavite, namely; Balayan, Calatagan, Tuy, Bawan, San Luis and Batangas City. These are the 6 areas who will received the financial assistance of 1 Million each to support the LGUs.
Salamat tungkay People of the Province of Bukidnon for the generous sum that will surely help our brothers and sisters who are affected in the Taal Volcano eruption.