Taal eruption relief and rehabilitation - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Taal eruption relief and rehabilitation


Duterte declares state of calamity in Calabarzon due to Taal Volcano unrest

Feb 27, 2020 - 3:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration comes over a month since the eruption of Taal Volcano started on January 12

DANGER ZONE. An aerial view shows the landscape of Barangay Buso-Buso in Laurel, Batangas, covered in ash on January 19, 2020. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Batangas governor: Funds for Taal Volcano evacuees accounted for

Feb 07, 2020 - 11:30 AM

Records show that the Batangas provincial government received over P33 million in cash donations from January 15 to February 5

HOUSING. Victims of the Taal Volcano eruption may have a new home in Ibaan, Batangas. File photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Voters' registration in areas affected by Taal eruption resumes on February 3

Jan 30, 2020 - 4:16 PM

Meanwhile, voters' registration in the municipality of Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas, will resume the following week, starting on Monday, February 10

HOMECOMING. Residents on motorcycles enter the town of Lemery, Batangas after they were allowed to return to their homes following the Phivolcs lowering of the Taal volcano alert level from 4 to 3 on January 26, 2020. Photo by AFP

Batangas sets up 'ash for cash' program for Taal eruption victims

Jan 30, 2020 - 1:23 PM

Residents involved in cleanup operations in their areas can sell the ash they collect to the provincial government. The ash will be used to make hollow blocks.

ASHFALL. A town of Agoncillo in Batangas is seen full of ash on January 13, 2020, following an eruption by the Taal volcano. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on proposed Taal Commission

Jan 30, 2020 - 11:20 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler on Thursday, January 30

DAMAGED. Large fissures cause major damages to roads, houses, and establishments in Barangay San Teodoro in Agoncillo, Batangas on January 14, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Batangas mayors say time to change how they respond to disasters

Jan 30, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Some mayors propose that all residents of a threatened town be evacuated to just one designated town for easy tracking. But can receiving towns absorb entire populations?

Police augmentation force pulls out of Batangas following Duterte’s order

Jan 29, 2020 - 11:49 PM

Some 2,000 police troops earlier sent to help secure and assist evacuees are heading back to the national headquarters in Manila, even with Taal Volcano still restive

HELP. Canlubang, Laguna police brings residents of Taal town home, after the alert level over Taal Volcano was lowered from 4 to 3. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Duterte orders withdrawal of additional police from Taal eruption response efforts

Jan 29, 2020 - 9:54 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says local government officials and police assigned to the area are capable of enforcing response plans

RESTIVE VOLCANO. The Taal Volcano, pictured here on January 26, 2020, remains on Alert Level 3. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

#TalaForTaal: Xavier University takes on dance challenge for a cause

Jan 29, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Spicing things up, XU uses the 'Tala' dance challenge as a way to promote the university’s donation drive for those affected by the ongoing Taal Volcano eruption

Screenshot from Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan video

Women’s group in Albay donating harvest to Taal Volcano evacuees

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:29 PM

As survivors themselves, the group Women for Progress Movement in Albay gives back by donating their freshly harvested sweet potatoes to Taal Volcano eruption evacuees

WOMEN FOR OTHERS. The Women for Progress Movement in Albay helps Taal Volcano eruption evacuees by donating their sweet potato harvest. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

WATCH: Filipino singers record new song 'Tulong Taal' for those displaced by eruption

Jan 28, 2020 - 12:20 PM

The song is composed by Vehnee Saturno

Taal Volcano evacuees appeal: ‘We need cash aid’

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Their houses need repair, they don't have jobs, they've lost their livelihood

EVACUEES. Several residents have opted to stay at evacuation centers even afer the Batangas provincial government has announced they can go home. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

WATCH: Temporary shelters eyed for residents displaced by Taal eruption

Jan 27, 2020 - 8:57 PM

Two areas in Ibaan town in Batangas are being eyed as temporary shelters for residents affected by the Taal Volcano eruption

RELOCATION SITE. The Batangas provincial disaster office started cleaning the houses that displaced residents by the Taal Volcano eruption may soon occupy. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Despite remaining threat, Taal evacuees simply happy to be home

Jan 27, 2020 - 8:05 PM

But once the volcano shows signs of imminent explosion, residents say they'll pack their belongings and will be ready to evacuate again

Residents enter the town of Lemery, Batangas after they were allowed to return to their homes following the lowering of the Taal Volcano alert level from 4 to 3 on Sunday, January 26. Photo by AFP

Water facilities being constructed at Batangas evacuation camps for Taal victims

Jan 27, 2020 - 8:42 AM

Jetmatic pumps will be placed in several evacuation camps such as Batangas Sports Complex, West Bauan, Central School, Bauan Batangas, Lemery, Agoncillo, and San Nicolas

WATER SOURCE. Evacuees watch a team working on installing deep well water pumps in an evacuation site in Batangas. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia

Dogs rescued from Taal eruption going to foster homes – PETA

Jan 26, 2020 - 7:05 PM

At least 132 animals are rescued by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals amid the Taal Volcano eruption

Taal eruption damaged possibly 'thousands' of homes

Jan 26, 2020 - 5:20 PM

The Batangas provincial government plans to give assistance to affected residents and buy their livestock

Santo Tomas village appeals: Take care of in-house evacuees too

Jan 25, 2020 - 9:04 PM

’Yung barangay dito…kahit hindi kami tiga-rito, tinanggap nila kami ng buong-buo,' says Cherryl Lazara, an evacuee who sought refuge in San Luis, Sto Tomas, Batangas

AID. More than half of evacuees chose to live outside of evacuation centers. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

LOOK: Eyed relocation site for Taal evacuees in Ibaan, Batangas

Jan 25, 2020 - 4:41 PM

The eyed relocation site has 1,200 units, a school building, and a gymnasium

HOUSING SITE. The compound has 1,200 units. Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

Batangas town mayor welcomes Taal eruption resettlers

Jan 25, 2020 - 12:37 PM

Mayor Joy Salvame says some evacuees have expressed their desire to resettle in Ibaan, which is a safe zone

IBAAN CHIEF. Ibaan Mayor Joy Salvame (middle) visits an evacuation center. Photo from the Facebook page of Mayor Joy Salvame

PH Red Cross calls for more volunteers amid Taal crisis

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:54 AM

'In a situation like this, even if we're resilient, we will need the help of our countrymen because recovery can't happen quickly. It will take time,' says Leonardo Ebajo, Philippine Red Cross Director for Disaster Management Service

RELIEF. The Philippine Red Cross distributes relief goods at the Batangas Sports Complex to over 1,000 families coming from various municipalities affected by the Taal eruption.  Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

Batangas ghost town eyed as relocation site for residents displaced by Taal eruption

Jan 24, 2020 - 9:07 PM

An unutilized housing project in Ibaan, Batangas, intended for police and military personnel is being considered as a relocation site for those affected by the Taal Volcano eruption

SM continues to send relief assistance to remote towns in Batangas

Jan 24, 2020 - 3:26 PM

Together with its partners and affiliates, and broadcast journalist Karen Davila, SM aided over 350 displaced families in Calaca, Batangas

Comelec gives P600,000 in aid to Taal eruption victims

Jan 23, 2020 - 9:15 PM

Commission on Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says the poll body's en banc approved the assistance during a meeting on January 22

DESTRUCTION. A group of fishermen haul a boat from the water as they make repairs to their operations affected by the eruption of the Taal volcano, in Buso Buso on January 20, 2020. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

With just a tap, LRT passengers can donate to Taal Volcano survivors

Jan 23, 2020 - 7:22 PM

De La Salle Philippines and AF Payments device a way commuters to donate P5 with every tap using their Beep cards

TAP AND DONATE. Commuters can approach #OneLaSalleForTaal volunteers at the LRT Taft station and tap their Beep cards on their device from AF Payment Incorporated. Photo courtesy of De La Salle Philippines

Over 400 mothers in Taguig donate breast milk to Taal evacuees

Jan 23, 2020 - 6:05 PM

The Department of Health reiterates that only breast milk and not infant formula milk may be donated for babies in disaster-hit areas

BREASTMILK. More than 400 nursing mothers donate breastmilk for babies affected by Taal Volcano eruption during 'Breast Milk Ko, Alay Ko' event in Lower Bicutan, Taguig City on January 23, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

How Filipinos are helping Taal eruption survivors while going zero waste

Jan 23, 2020 - 3:10 PM

Seeing the need to do their part to help those affected, many organizations championing the zero-waste lifestyle are helping Taal eruption survivors by leading eco-friendly donation drives

Background photo by KD Madrilejos

Cavitex, C5 link waive toll for Taal Volcano eruption relief vehicles

Jan 22, 2020 - 6:37 PM

Donors may request for free passage by emailing Cavitex customer service

TOLL-FREE. Vehicles carrying relief goods for Taal Volcano eruption victims may now pass through the Cavitex and C5 link flyover for free. Photo from pea.gov.ph

LIST: Relief proposals for Taal Volcano evacuees

Jan 22, 2020 - 1:06 PM

Proposals – so far, from senators – range from cash aid to moratorium on loan payments

RELIEF NEEDED. Residents of Agoncillo, Batangas were temporarily allowed by authorities to return to their homes on January 17, 2020, to retrieve their livestock. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Limited facilities hinder SUCs from taking in Taal Volcano evacuees

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:42 PM

Anakalusugan Representative Michael Defensor says state universities and colleges might be in a better position to accommodate provisional shelters 'because they have more land, structures, and facilities'

SHUNNED. Evacuees who opted to live with their relatives outside danger zones were temporarily refused help by the Tanauan City government. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Robredo returns to Batangas, Cavite to give more aid to Taal evacuees

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:36 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo also gives evacuees a bowl of porridge and pan de sal aside from the food packs, hygiene kits, sleeping mattresses, and blankets she donated

'LUGAW NI LENI.' Vice President Leni Robredo hands out bowls of porridge to evacuees staying in Tuy, Batangas due to the eruption of the Taal Volcano. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

SLEX, STAR now toll-free for Taal Volcano eruption relief vehicles

Jan 21, 2020 - 7:36 PM

Vehicles bringing aid for people affected by the Taal Volcano eruption may stop at inspection sites to claim free single exit passes

RELIEF VEHICLES. Members of Manila Police District on January 19, 2020, load relief goods to be distributed to the people affected by the eruption of the Taal volcano. Photo KD Madrilejos

House willing to hike supplemental budget for Taal eruption to P50 billion 'if needed'

Jan 21, 2020 - 12:35 PM

Several members of the House committee on rules also donate P500,000 to districts in Batangas affected by the volcanic eruption

RELIEF FOR EVACUEES. Volunteers hand out aid donations to families affected by the eruption of the Taal volcano, in Buso Buso on January 20, 2020. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Duterte wants P30-B supplemental budget for Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 20, 2020 - 8:40 PM

'Hindi naman inakalain na puputok so baka magkaroon tayo ng supplemental budget sa Congress, but anyway, everybody is eager to help,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells Batangas residents

DISASTER AID. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during his visit to the families affected by the Taal Volcano eruption at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum on January 14, 2020. Malacañang Photo

DSWD 'ready' if Taal Volcano eruption extends for months

Jan 20, 2020 - 5:50 PM

Emergency cash transfers and livelihood assistance are among the forms of aid that the Department of Social Welfare and Development would provide in the long term

Volunteers pack relief rations at the DSWD National Resource Operations Center (NROC) at Chapel Road Pasay City on January 17, 2020. for displaced families of the Taal volcano eruption. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DSWD: Food enough in evacuation centers; focus now on hygiene kits, rehabilitation

Jan 20, 2020 - 10:50 AM

Social Welfare Assistant Secretary Anton Hernandez says it's past the crucial period, so those who want to help can do so in the rehabilitation of affected communities

REPACKING. Volunteers repack rice grains at the DSWD National Resource Operations Center at Chapel Road Pasay City on January 17, 2020, to be distributed to displaced families after the Taal Volcano eruption. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Group urges public to donate usable clothes to evacuees

Jan 18, 2020 - 11:24 PM

'Let us treat the survivors with dignity,' says the Citizens' Disaster Response Center after photos of evacuees wearing donated school and work uniforms make the rounds on social media

DONATED CLOTHES. Survivors of Taal Volcano eruption flaunt the school uniforms and working attires from donated clothes received. Photos from Racheal Zuñiga Maestro, Judiel Balani, Harlem Dave Ganados and Philip Mangubat

Labor group pushes 25% hazard pay for workers amid Taal unrest

Jan 18, 2020 - 7:22 PM

The proposal covers workers in banks, hotels, and restaurants, and other similar establishments in Tagaytay City; and journalists covering the Taal Volcano eruption

Workers on January 17, 2020, clear the People's Park and the Picnic Grove in Tagaytay City of ash from the Taal Volcano eruption. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

LOOK: Judy Ann Santos cooks for Taal evacuees

Jan 18, 2020 - 10:17 AM

The actress made chicken arroz caldo and lechon paksiw for 1,000 people

JUDY ANN'S KITCHEN. Actress Judy Ann Santos makes meals for Taal evacuees. Screenshot from Instagram.com/ryan_agoncillo

Companies help communities affected by Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 18, 2020 - 8:30 AM

(5th UPDATE) Here's how companies are supporting relief efforts for communities affected by the ongoing eruption of Taal Volcano

HELP. Volunteers pack relief rations for families affected by the ongoing eruption of the Taal Volcano at the DSWD National Resource Operations Center in Pasay City on January 17. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Eager to help, Filipinos crowdsource info to aid victims of Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 17, 2020 - 8:00 AM

A number of Filipinos focus their attention on making sense of information and updates on social media to aid and guide relief efforts

TEMPORARY SHELTER. Hundreds of evacuees from Taal Volcano's unrest settle at a tent camp in Alfonso, Cavite. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Batangas creates Taal Volcano donation hub, systematizes relief efforts

Jan 16, 2020 - 9:48 PM

Lack of coordination with local government units results in surplus of relief goods in some evacuation centers and a shortage in others

SYSTEMATIZE AID. Evacuees seek refuge at the Batangas City Sports Complex. Photo by Perseus Evangelio

FALSE: Robredo gave ‘only 5 pcs of pan de sal, bottled water’ each to Taal victims

Jan 16, 2020 - 7:20 PM

Robredo distributed rice, canned goods, noodles, bottled water, and face masks

Negros town councilor, pastor gather 62,000 face masks for Taal eruption victims

Jan 16, 2020 - 2:46 PM

Dubbed 'From Negros and Panay with Love,' Councilor Jason Tupas and Pastor Russell Ban also distribute a generator set, hand towels, used clothes, toiletries, water containers

HELP. Hinobaan, Negros Occidental Councilor Jason Tupas (right), Pastor Russell Ban of Roxas City, Capiz (2nd from left) meet Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas after they arrive in Batangas on Thursday, January 16. Photo courtesy of Jason Tupas

Cavite declares state of calamity due to Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 15, 2020 - 8:07 PM

The Cavite provincial government allocates P15 million, mainly for evacuation centers housing evacuees from neighboring Batangas

STATE OF CALAMITY. Ashfall brought about by the Taal Volcano eruption affects houses in Silang, Cavite. Photo from Christian De Ramos

SM distributes kalinga relief packs to Taal volcano victims in Batangas

Jan 15, 2020 - 1:32 PM

Over 6,500 relief packs are expected to be dispatched to various evacuation areas

LIST: Medicines, medical supplies under price control in areas affected by Taal eruption

Jan 14, 2020 - 11:11 PM

The Department of Health orders a price freeze on over 200 essential medicines and medical supplies in Batangas, which declared a state of calamity after the eruption of Taal Volcano

Celebrities pull resources for donations to victims of Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 14, 2020 - 9:54 PM

They call for donations, promote the callouts of organizations, pack and distribute relief goods, organize benefit bazaars, and organize a charity show

Local governments outside Batangas give aid to Taal Volcano eruption victims

Jan 14, 2020 - 9:39 PM

(9th UPDATE) Local governments in Metro Manila, Southern Tagalog provinces, and Mindanao cities send goods, medical teams, and emergency response teams to Batangas

IN NEED. Residents affected by the Taal volcano eruption settle inside an evacuation center in Santo Tomas, Batangas on January 13, 2020. Photo by Mary Grace dela Cerna/Rappler

UP varsities, alumni group call for donations to Taal volcano eruption victims

Jan 14, 2020 - 8:45 PM

Alumni group Nowhere to go but UP and the teams’ managements are working hand-in-hand to collect and deliver necessities like water, food and face masks

READY TO HELP. The UP men's basketball team and alumni group are set to start relief operations on Wednesday, January 15. Photo from Renan Dalisay's Facebook