Taal Eruption Relief Operation

As of date, January 21, 2020 there are about 1 million evacuees affected by the Taal Volcano eruption according to the latest data issued by the Department of Welfare and Development (DSWD). Most of the evacuees are situated in the 586 relief centers around the Batangas region in Southern Luzon. Children Mission Philippines responded to the need last Monday, January 20, by the bringing two van-load of relief goods consisting 500 family packs, assorted medicines, 15 boxes ready-to-eat noodles.

The family packs contain blankets, big sleeping mat, mosquito nets with hygiene kit (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, towel, laundry soap). In cooperation with our local church partner, Bauan Bible Christian Church, CMP were able to distribute the relief in Three Public schools used as temporary shelters.

The sites were the following:

Bauan East Elementary  Schools –  203 families

Dolor Elementary school – 93 families

San Pascual Elementary school -100 families

Another 104 family packs were endorsed to BBCC which they distributed to church outreaches accommodating displaced people in Batangas City

The relief distribution was met with enthusiasm and hope-full thanksgiving. One recipient mentioned “ ang tulong nyo po ay malaking pag-asa sa amin” (your help brings us hope).

 The government has not yet given any specified date for the displaced to return to their homes as the situation of Taal Volcano remains volatile and the alert level has not been downgraded to safe levels. This means that the evacuees are looking at a prolong stay in the said centers, hence relief operations continue to be of vital importance.