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Residents of Agoncillo, Batangas given 5 hours to enter ash-covered town

Residents of the lakeshore town of Agoncillo, Batangas were given only five hours to enter their town on Saturday.

The town is among areas placed on lockdown due to Taal Volcano's activity.

On Friday, residents were given four hours to enter the town and retrieve their belongings and livestock.

A man lay on the road to protest his not being allowed inside the town for an hour to feed his pigs.

On Saturday, residents were given five hours starting 5 a.m. to do the same, according to GMA News' Jonathan Andal.

At 5 a.m., vehicles started entering the town's main road and passing by the police checkpoint.



A long queue of vehicles could be seen traversing the ash-covered main road.



One poultry raiser rescued his pigs and said he will just cook them and give the food to evacuees.

This is better than accepting the P1,000 to P2,000 offer to buy his pigs, which is very low the usual price of P15,000 per pig, he said.



At 10 a.m., authorities implemented the lockdown again in the town.

Mayor Daniel Reyes said no residents will be allowed back in.



Huge cracks or fissures have been seen on roads in Agoncillo earlier this week.

One such crack in Barangay San Teodoro could be seen from far away and led to Taal Lake.

After Taal Volcano began erupting on Sunday, Agoncillo became a ghost town with ash blanketing rooftops, roads, houses, and even the mountainside. —KG, GMA News