Forced evacuation imposed on 5 barangays of Batangas due to Taal’s activity – police
A forced evacuation was carried out in five barangays in Batangas amid the ongoing activity of the Taal volcano, the Regional Police Office 4A (PRO4A) announced on Friday.
According to PRO4A police chief Brigadier General Eliseo Cruz, the protocol at the provincial level will be followed temporarily in response to the eruption and the ongoing activity of the volcano.
He said this was agreed at an emergency meeting convened by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Board 4-A. Thursday.
“During the said meeting, the protocol at ‘provincial level’ will be observed temporarily with the DRRMO provincial of Batangas as the main office with 5 coastal barangays responsible for initiating a forced evacuation,” he said.
Two barangays in Agoncillo and three in Laurel will undergo forced evacuation, Cruz said.
Initially, evacuation was only advised for the “high risk areas” of Gulod, Buso Buso and Lakeshore Bugaan East in Laurel; and Banyaga and Bilibinwang in Agoncillo.
Among the 13 Batangas barangays affected by the Taal explosion were Gulod, Buso Buso, Bugaan West and Bugaan East in Laurel; Subic Ilaya, Banyaga and Bilibinwang in Agoncillo; Poblacion and Sinturisan in San Nicolas; Apacay in Taal; Luyos and Boot in the city of Tanauan; and San Sebastian in Balete.
PRO4A tasked the Batangas Provincial Police Office with assisting posts in affected areas and ensuring security and order in evacuation centers in accordance with public health measures in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Laguna and Cavite PPOs have also been instructed to discourage non-residents, especially tourists from Tagaytay or affected areas, from entering “to avoid confusion and to ensure orderly handling of the incident.”
They should also advise volunteers or donors of relief goods to go directly to the provincial DRRMO center in Batangas for appropriate registrations.
A total of 1,282 people or 317 families are staying in evacuation centers on Friday after the Taal volcano erupted on Thursday, the National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (NDRRMC) said.
But the number could reach 14,495 people or 3,523 families due to the risk of continued activity of the volcano, the NDRRMC said.
A short-lived phreatomagmatic eruption occurred in the main Taal crater on Thursday afternoon and generated a dark grayish plume that rose to 1,000 meters.
PHIVOLCS said it was followed by four short phreatomagmatic bursts at 6:26 p.m., 7:21 p.m., 7:41 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. that lasted no more than two minutes, producing plumes up to 200 meters above the main crater. Lake.
As of Friday morning, Alert Level 3 remained above Taal Volcano, meaning magma expelled from the main crater could cause an explosive eruption. —KBK, GMA News