Several local government units in Metro Manila have started extending assistance to communities affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano following the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC)’s call for help.

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and concurrent MMDRRMC head Chairman Danilo Lim lauded the response efforts of Metro Manila local government units in helping affected localities in Batangas province as the number of evacuees continue to rise.  

“It feels good that Metro Manila LGUs are extending kindness and generosity to other localities in need during these difficult times.”

“I am happy that donations are pouring in for localities in Batangas. It feels good that Metro Manila LGUs are extending kindness and generosity to other localities in need during these difficult times,” said Lim.

Serving as focal person for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Michael Salalima, head of the MMDA Public Safety Office, is continuously coordinating with the Batangas Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office on the needed augmentation of relief efforts.

“More assistance is on the way.”

“More assistance is on the way. We are gathering more donations for the thousands of evacuees,” said Salalima.

A rescue team and emergency assets of the MMDA were recently deployed to Batangas province to assist residents affected by the volcanic eruption.

The MMDA also delivered face masks, medicines, bottled water and other necessities turned over to the agency by private companies and foundations.

Meanwhile, the MMDA’s K9 Unit members and volunteers rescued animals left behind by their owners.

The City of Manila deployed a response team as well as emergency vehicles to help out residents in Batangas displaced by Taal Volcano’s eruption.

San Juan City’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council approved the transfer of P2 million to the Batangas Provincial Risk Reduction Management Fund.

Paranaque City donated sacks of rice and other necessities to affected communities while Malabon and Marikina  provided relief goods to families and individuals in evacuation centers.  

Muntinlupa City donated P3 million to the most-affected localities and delivered thousands of relief packs to evacuation centers in Batangas.

Taguig City also conducted a medical mission and relief operations in Laurel, Batangas and delivered food packs, face masks, hygiene kits to evacuees. 

Makati City deployed a disaster response vehicles and equipment to assist in the evacuation of resident of Bauan, Batangas and provided access to drinking water and water supply, and other necessities.

Meanwhile, the Quezon City DRRMO went to Tanauan, Batangas to provide blankets, sleeping mats, mobile showers, among others for the evacuees.

The Mandaluyong City DRRMO coordinated with Batangas authorities for their assistance to those affected.

Caloocan City extended assistance by providing family disaster kits, food packs, among others to evacuees.

Batangas was declared under a state of calamity on January 13, a day after Taal Volcano started spewing ash.


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