Support the Children & Families Affected by Taal Volcano Eruption

The Taal Volcano, which is located in Taal, Batangas (Luzon island in the Philippines) is currently under Alert Level 4 after it spewed ash on Sunday, January 12, and lava fountains on Monday, January 13.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the eruption has so far affected at least 6,891 families or 30,423 persons in 25 towns/cities of Batangas province and 3 towns/cities of Cavite. Of this number, around 4,175 families or 18,187 persons remain in evacuation centers.

The Taal volcano also spewed lava into the air and spread ash across the Philippines. Consequently, the Department of Education said the classes of 7,094,165 students in 7,542 schools have been suspended because of the hazards posed by ash fall particles in the ambient air. The four regions affected are the National Capital Region (NCR), Region III, IV-A, and IV-B. While the education department is yet to release assessment on the total cost of damage to schools, it nonetheless noted that 992 classrooms have been used as evacuation sites.

Aside from schools, the private and government offices also suspended its operation.

On the other hand, the Department of Agriculture said that the cost of agricultural damage is estimated at P577.59 million. The report indicated that at least 2,772 hectares and 1,967 animals have been affected in the region of Calabarzon. The damaged commodities include rice, corn, coffee, cacao, banana, and high-value crops. 

Since January 13, the eruption is accompanied by a series of earthquakes and rumbling sounds. As such, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has detected new fissures or cracks in more areas. While no significant damage has been reported, authorities cautioned Sunday that the quakes could trigger a volcanic tsunami and maintained that Alert Level 4 remains in effect over Taal Volcano.

Alert Level 4 means that hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days, reiterating the need for total evacuation from the Taal Volcano island and high-risk areas as identified in the hazard maps within the 14-kilometer radius from the Taal main crater.

Moreover, the health sectors also warned against exposure to volcanic ash which can be very detrimental to human health including respiratory problems, eye problems and skin irritation.

In light with the ongoing situation, the Task Force Children of the Storm has immediately dispatched a team to assess the condition of affected individuals, especially the children, sick, elderly and pregnant women, as well as to distribute relief packs.

Based on the initial assessment, the affected families are in need of immediate assistance for their survival. Thus, we are appealing for your support, for us to reach out to the victims, especially the children and women, who are in need of the following:

Food pack: 5 kilos of rice, noodles, canned goods, drinking water, sugar, coffee
Health and hygine kit: N95 facemasks, Bath soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitary napkin, towel, alcohol, medicines, insect repellent
Children kit
5 years old and below – N95 facemask, Diaper, towel, vitamins
5 years old and above – N95 facemask, towel, vitamins, recreational materials (coloring books, drawing pads and the likes)
Clothes, blanket, mat, mosquito net, etc.

Aside from this, the TFCOS is working with other organizations on a rehabilitation plan for the affected victims of the Taal eruption, particularly on the provision of psychosocial intervention. Volunteers workers are very much welcome to participate in this initiative.

Please drop your in-kind donations at #90 J. Bugallon St., Brgy. Bagumbuhay, Project 4, QC. For cash donations, kindly refer to the following details below:

BPI Kamias-Anonas

Peso Savings Account:
Children’s Rehabilitation Center
BPI Kamias-Anonas

Foreign Savings Account:
Children’s Rehabilitation Center
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

For your inquiries please call (632) 913-9244 and look for Nehemiah Hipos (0932 677 4142).