Since the Taal Volcano’s eruption on 12th of January 2020, public-private sectors and the government had been working together in providing care and relief to the affected citizens.
The country’s oldest and largest conglomerate Ayala Corp., upon great haste, has assembled various subsidiary companies to work with local government units (LGUs) in providing relief efforts to communities unfortunately affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano and its aftermaths.
In co-op with Batangas Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), Manila Water and its other operating units in Laguna and Batangas sent 30 water tankers to various evacuation centers in Batangas, including Bolbok Provincial Sports Complex, three sites in Tanauan, and one in Sto. Tomas. Manila Water Foundation will also be sending an initial 2,000 five-gallon units of bottled water.
In extension, the Property arm Ayala Land (ALI) announced that all Ayala Malls in Metro Manila and Calabarzon stretched the waiver of overnight parking fee to Jan. 13 for those customers whose vehicles might be affected by the ashfall, provided with Free WiFi connection. While in Ayala Malls Solenad and Ayala Malls Nuvali, customers who are in need to shelter and charging stations may stay in the cinema building ground floor. Furthermore, Globe Telecom network was up and running at full capacity in all affected areas.
AC Health’s Generika drugstore and FamilyDOC clinics have been put on high alert to provide immediate medicine, medical supplies, first-aid, and medical consultation in the prospect of health risks related to the Taal eruption; this may may include worsening of respiratory and skin diseases and eye irritation. High risk of accidents is anticipated due to ashfall.
“More relief efforts are underway as the Ayala group continues to work with relevant LGUs to meet the immediate needs of the affected communities,” the group reassured.
Taal Volcano (2½ hours from Manila), regarded as the world’s smallest active volcano and one of its deadliest, is a complex (world’s only volcano within a lake within a volcano within a lake within a volcano) volcano located in the big island of Luzon in the Philippines, seated in the province of Batangas. All of the eruptions are concentrated on Volcano Island, an island near the middle of Taal Lake.