Calabarzon placed under state of calamity due to restive Taal Volcano

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A fisherman catches fish as the Taal Volcano continuously erupts in Talisay. — REUTERS

THE ENTIRE region of Calabarzon — composed of the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon — has been placed under a state of calamity following destruction from tremors and ashfall from the still restive Taal Volcano. President Rodrigo R. Duterte made the declaration through Proclamation No. 906 signed on February 21 and released on the 27th. The declaration paves the way for the release of emergency funds to the region. “The declaration of State of Calamity will haste the rescue, relief, and rehabilitation efforts of the government and the private sector, including any international humanitarian assistance, and will effectively control the prices of basic goods and commodities for the affected areas,” the proclamation said. Data from the national disaster management council as of Feb. 25. show a total of 151,827 families composed of over 580,000 individuals have been affected, mostly in Calabarzon, particularly in Batangas where the volcano is located. Residents of Taal Island and nearby communities have been displaced as the area has been declared a permanent danger zone. More than 1,000 families remain in evacuation centers (ECs) while over 51,000 displaced families are being given assistance outside the ECs. — Gillian M. Cortez









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