Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday led the distribution of over 2,101 food packs and 1,000 face masks to communities affected by the Taal Volcano eruption.
In a statement, Robredo’s office said that each food pack contains 1.5 kilos of rice, assorted canned goods and two packs of noodles.
Robredo first visited evacuees in Santa Teresita, Batangas around 3 p.m. and is expected to visit more evacuation sites on the same day in San Jose and Santo Tomas, Batangas.
VP Robredo visits evacuees, gives aid to those affected by Taal Volcano eruption in Sta. Teresita Batangas. She is still expected to visit two other evacuation sites in San Jose, Batangas and PUP in Sto.Tomas, Batangas later (Photos from OVP) @gmanews pic.twitter.com/JTXyc5snog— Llanesca T. Panti (@llanescajourno) January 14, 2020
Per the Office of the Vice President, the aid was sourced from donations of the following partners:
- Vice Squad;
- Scale Experts, Inc;
- CDO Foodsphere, Inc;
- various donors, in partnership with Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership; and
- RAF International Forwarding, Philippines
A state of calamity has been declared in Batangas, the location of the Taal Volcano, in the aftermath of the volcano's phreatic or steam-driven eruption last Sunday.
Alert Level 4 has been issued over the volcano, which means a hazardous explosive eruption was "imminent," or possible within hours or days.
As a result of the Taal Volcano eruption, heavy ash fall has been experienced in Batangas and nearby provinces. Ash fall has also reached Metro Manila.
Per government data, at least 10,000 families have been evacuated due to Taal Volcano eruption. — BM, GMA News