6.6M studes displaced

January 14, 2020

THE eruption of Taal Volcano has affected at least 6.6 million students in four regions, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).

Data from the Education Department showed classes for 6,639,044 students have been suspended because of the hazard posed by the ashfall particles in the ambient air.

The regions affected are the National Capital Region (NCR), Region III, IV-A, and IV-B.

Areas with most affected number of students are Region III with 2,347,281 affected learners in 3,647 schools.

Among the four affected regions, the region with the least affected students was Region IV-B with a total of 166, 171 students affected. There were only 411 affected schools in Region IV-B.

In the NCR, the number of affected learners was 2, 063, 087, while there were 2,007,281 affected students in Region IV-A.

The DepEd also reported that 35 schools with 144 classrooms in Region IV-A (Divisions of Cavite, Tanauan City, and Batangas) have been used as evacuation sites.

The 144 classrooms are housing 1,174 families or 9,388 individuals, it added.