US to give P5.1M aid for Taal victims

January 21, 2020

UNITED STATES Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim is set to  announce today America’s P5.1 million  ($100,000) relief assistance for the victims of Taal Volcano in Batangas.

He will make the announcement when he visits an evacuation center  at the  Nasugbu West Central School in Bgy. 2 in Batangas.

Kim will receive a briefing from local officials and meet with evacuees to better understand their needs.

The U.S. government relief support is aimed to complement the ongoing U.S. government assistance efforts.

The US envoy will proceed to Calatagan, where he will join Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation partners, including U.S. and Philippine companies, to distribute relief supplies to evacuees. 
On Jan. 12, 2020, Taal Volcano erupted, displacing thousands of residents in Batangas, mostly in the towns of Talisay, Laurel, Agoncillo, and San Nicolas.

PCADG LEADS PNP RELIEF OPERATIONS  

The Police Community Affairs and Development Group (PCADG) headed by Brig. Gen. Joselito Daniel yesterday assured all-out police support to communities in Batangas hardest hit by Taal Volcano’s eruption.
 
Daniel said that on orders of PNP chief Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa, they are partnering with different non-governmental organizations and other PNP stakeholders in bringing tons of relief goods to the volcano victims.

The official said that since last Friday to Sunday,  they have distributed thousands of much-needed relief goods, including bottled water, food, medicines, toiletries, diapers and blankets, to the evacuees.

Last Friday, Daniel said his team distributed 1,800 food packs, 600  mats, 600 blankets, 10 boxes of assorted canned goods, 10 boxes of noodles and assorted used clothes as well as toiletries, diapers and bottled mineral water to evacuees housed at the Kaylaway Elementary School in  Nasugbu; Luntal Elementary  School in Tuy; G. Panaderos Elementary  School in  Tuy; the Tuy covered court; Guinhawa Central School and Tuy National High School; Balayan West Central School and Balayan East Central School in Balayan and the Nasugbu East Central School and Nasugbu West Central School in Nasugbu town.

Last Saturday, the PCADG team again motored to Bgy. Bolbok in Batangas City to distribute hundreds of mats and blankets before going to Lipa City and Sto. Tomas City on Sunday to distribute over 1,200 relief packs.

Daniel said that more relief efforts in Taal and its neighboring municipalities are underway as the PNP continues to partner with their stakeholders and different NGOs to meet the immediate needs of the affected residents.

The official said they are also accepting relief donations for the volcano victims. He said that relief goods can be sent to the PCADG office in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

With Alfred Dalizon