By Jessica Pag-iwayan
Everything happened so fast. What was supposed to be an ordinary Sunday for Filipinos became an eventful one with the sudden activity of one of the country’s active volcanoes—Taal.
In just a few hours, Taal volcano’s eruption threatened the lives of people living in the nearby areas. It is continuously spewing ashes that reached up to Clark, Pampanga in Region III. Talisay, Batangas is now covered in ashes, reminiscent of a desert.
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— Manila Bulletin News (@manilabulletin) January 13, 2020
Earlier this morning, the volcano spewed lava. Alert level has been raised to level IV. More than 6,000 people had to leave their homes, their jobs, and their source of income to save their lives and of their loved ones. Photos of individuals, especially young children, are seen covered in mud and ashes. Images of them busy evacuating their homes are being circulated online.
They need our help, more than ever. Here’s a list of how we can send our donations.
- Philippine Red Cross
In an interview, the Philippine Red Cross tells Manila Bulletin Lifestyle that they are now accepting donations for the victims of the Taal volcano eruption. Items that they are accepting are canned goods, bottled water, noodles, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, and blankets. Donors may bring these items to the main office of Red Cross which is located at 37 EDSA corner Boni Ave., Mandaluyong City. They are also accepting cash donations.
- University of the Philippines
The University of the Philippines is now gathering donations. According to their social media announcement, some of the items they are accepting are “facemasks, mats, ready-to-eat food, water, and clothes.”
CALL FOR DONATIONS FOR TAAL ERUPTION VICTIMS
Victims of the Taal Volcano eruption that occurred today are in need of immediate help. Donations shall be sent out to evacuees and areas affected. They are in need of facemasks, mats, ready-to-eat food, water, clothes, etc. pic.twitter.com/sIaPRTMVso
— UP Office of the Student Regent (@uposr) January 12, 2020
Interested individuals may send their donations to UP Baguio, Diliman, Manila, and Los Banos.
- Alfonso, Cavite LGU
On his Facebook page, Alfonso, Cavite Mayor Randy Salamat asks everyone to extend their hands and help them on providing the needs of volcano eruption victims. According to the Mayor, their municipality shelters the local from Batangas.
“Due to the continuous increase of evacuees coming to Alfonso from Batangas, we are asking for support to anyone who’s willing to give us supplies,” he says. “As of the moment, we have more than 1,000 evacuees that need help and [the numbers are] still increasing.”
Items they immediately need are face masks, drinking water, candles, portable toilet, food (rice, canned goods, crackers), sleeping mat, blankets, and emergency lights.
To donate, contact MSWD head Gina Vedan, at +63 9178031253.