The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) deployed its Quick Response Team (QRT) on January 12, 2020 to areas around Taal Volcano to assist local government units (LGUs) in responding to the needs of affected residents.
After the news about Taal Volcano eruption broke out on Sunday, January 12, DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista and other DSWD officials went to the most affected town of Talisay, Batangas to check on the evacuees.
When alert Level 4 was declared by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) on January 12, which requires evacuation in areas within the 14-kilometer radius from the crater, the DSWD disaster team immediately provided assistance in evacuating the affected residents to Sto. Tomas and Nasugbu.
The DSWD disaster team stayed in Talisay until the last batch of evacuees was brought to the Sto. Tomas Gymnasium in Batangas which serves as one of the consolidating areas.
As of 6:00 PM on Monday, January 13, the DSWD reported that around 4,960 families or 21,937 persons from CALABARZON Region have been affected by the Taal Volcano eruption. Most of them are staying in the 78 evacuation centers that were arranged by Local Government Units.
The DSWD delivered more than P300,000 worth of family food packs as augmentation support to the LGU of Laurel, Batangas.
5,000 family food packs from the National Resource Operations Center (NROC), the DSWD’s main disaster hub located in Pasay City, were delivered to the different evacuation centers around Batangas on January 13.