A total of 16,000 residents affected by the recent eruption of the Taal Volcano are now in evacuation centers nearest to their vicinity with the assistance of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

With the imminent danger posed by the activity of Taal Volcano, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said DPWH is continuing to take part in the road clearing operations and evacuation of residents that are yet to be rescued from the affected areas.

The deployment of personnel and equipment of the DPWH Regional Office 4-A and its District Engineering Offices (DEOs) remains in full blast.

Since the eruption, DPWH has deployed a total of 302 personnel and 66 equipment to assist affected communities in Batangas, Villar said.

“Some of our [personnel] are evacuating people from Balete, Mataas na Kahoy and Cuenca, Batangas.”

“Some of our [personnel] are evacuating people from Balete, Mataas na Kahoy and Cuenca, Batangas,” said Villar.

Meanwhile, all national road sections in Region 4-A are now passable to all types of vehicles, said Villar.

Citizens may send their reports, queries, and concerns through the DPWH Secretary’s Hotline (02) 165-02.

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