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Dead man found buried in Taal Volcano Island

Feb 15, 2020 - 5:16 PM

(UPDATED) A flat boat owner who went to the island to dig up his boat found the man's body buried in the mud, say police

TAAL VOLCANO. White steam rises from the Taal Volcano crater as seen from a Philippine Air Force helicopter during an aerial survey on January 21, 2020. Photo by Ted Aljibe / AFP

Phivolcs lowers Taal Volcano to Alert Level 2

Feb 14, 2020 - 9:20 AM

(UPDATED) 'Alert Level 2 means that there is decreased unrest, but should not be interpreted that unrest has ceased,' says Phivolcs on Friday, February 14

White steam emits from Taal volcano crater as seen from a Philippine airforce helicopter during an aerial survey on January 21, 2020. - Philippine authorities ordered a crackdown on January 20 on evacuees' daily visits to homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano, amid a warning it could be "recharging" for a more powerful explosion. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Number of Taal volcanic earthquakes fluctuating

Feb 13, 2020 - 2:10 PM

Phivolcs maintains Alert Level 3 for Taal Volcano on Thursday, February 13. It has been at that status for more than two weeks.

An aerial view of burnt trees and ash-covered slope at the foot of Taal volcano after its eruption during an aerial survey on January 21, 2020. - Philippine authorities ordered a crackdown on January 20 on evacuees' daily visits to homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano, amid a warning it could be "recharging" for a more powerful explosion. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Taal volcanic earthquakes slightly up in past 24 hours

Feb 12, 2020 - 4:50 PM

Phivolcs says on Wednesday, February 12, that there were 101 volcanic earthquakes in the past 24 hours, higher than the previous figure of 87

A bird's eye view of mud-covered and destroyed houses while a herd of cows stand amongst destroyed trees at the foot of Taal volcano as seen from a Philippine airforce helicopter during an aerial survey in Agoncillo town, Batangas province, south of Manila on January 21, 2020. - Philippine authorities ordered a crackdown on January 20 on evacuees' daily visits to homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano, amid a warning it could be "recharging" for a more powerful explosion. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Phivolcs on Taal Volcano: No room for complacency

Feb 11, 2020 - 6:00 PM

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology maintains Taal Volcano at Alert Level 3 on Tuesday, February 11, stressing that risks remain

A bird's eye view of mud-covered houses at the foot of Taal volcano as seen from a Philippine airforce helicopter during an aerial survey on January 21, 2020. - Philippine authorities ordered a crackdown on January 20 on evacuees' daily visits to homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano, amid a warning it could be "recharging" for a more powerful explosion. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Fewer Taal volcanic earthquakes seen, but 11 harmonic tremors among them

Feb 10, 2020 - 4:10 PM

Phivolcs says on Monday, February 10, that it recorded 11 harmonic tremors at Taal Volcano in the past 24 hours

A bird's eye view of mud-covered houses at the foot of Taal volcano as seen from a Philippine airforce helicopter during an aerial survey on January 21, 2020. - Philippine authorities ordered a crackdown on January 20 on evacuees' daily visits to homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano, amid a warning it could be "recharging" for a more powerful explosion. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Taal Volcano unrest enters 2nd month

Feb 09, 2020 - 11:10 AM

Phivolcs maintains Alert Level 3 for Taal Volcano on Sunday, February 9. There are 5 harmonic tremors in the past 24 hours.

An aerial view of destroyed trees along the slope after Taal volcano's eruption as seen from a Philippine air force helicopter during an aerial survey on January 21, 2020. - Philippine authorities ordered a crackdown on January 20 on evacuees' daily visits to homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano, amid a warning it could be "recharging" for a more powerful explosion. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

With Taal Lake off limits, Batangas highlights other tourist spots to lift economy

Feb 08, 2020 - 8:33 PM

Batangas has a lot more to offer tourists than Taal Volcano Island, which has been placed on permanent lockdown by the national government

TOURIST HUB. Batangas provincial officials are promoting tourist spots besides Taal Lake and its Volcano Island, once a major revenue source for the province. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Steam still coming out of fissures along Taal Volcano tourist trail

Feb 08, 2020 - 2:55 PM

Phivolcs again notes 'weak steaming from fissure vents' along Daang Kastila Trail on Saturday, February 8

An aerial view of mud-covered slope with Taal volcano's crater (back) as seen from a Philippine air force helicopter during an aerial survey on January 21, 2020. - Philippine authorities ordered a crackdown on January 20 on evacuees' daily visits to homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano, amid a warning it could be "recharging" for a more powerful explosion. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Batangas governor: Funds for Taal Volcano evacuees accounted for

Feb 07, 2020 - 11:30 AM

Records show that the Batangas provincial government received over P33 million in cash donations from January 15 to February 5

HOUSING. Victims of the Taal Volcano eruption may have a new home in Ibaan, Batangas. File photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Phivolcs: Fissures along Taal Volcano tourist trail emitting steam

Feb 07, 2020 - 10:05 AM

Phivolcs says on Friday, February 7, that 'weak steaming from fissure vents' along Taal Volcano's Daang Kastila Trail is ongoing

Taal volcano is seen past a police line from Talisay town, Batangas province, south of Manila on January 20, 2020. - Philippine authorities ordered a crackdown January 20 on evacuees' daily visits to homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano, amid a warning it could be "recharging" for a more powerful explosion. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Phivolcs observes 11 more harmonic tremors at Taal Volcano

Feb 06, 2020 - 1:40 PM

The 11 harmonic tremors in the past 24 hours lasted 2 to 3 minutes each, says Phivolcs on Thursday, February 6

An aerial view shows the crater of the Taal volcano on January 19, 2020. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

Phivolcs: 18 harmonic tremors at Taal Volcano in past 24 hours

Feb 05, 2020 - 9:40 AM

The 18 harmonic tremors are among 156 volcanic earthquakes in the past 24 hours, says Phivolcs on Wednesday, February 5

An aerial view shows the ash-covered landscape of the Taal volcano on January 19, 2020. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

Phivolcs records 3rd Taal Volcano harmonic tremor in less than a week

Feb 04, 2020 - 1:45 PM

A harmonic tremor, a type of volcanic earthquake where the shaking is prolonged, indicates the movement of magma. Taal Volcano stays under Alert Level 3 on Tuesday, February 4.

An aerial view shows the Taal volcano on Janaury 18, 2020. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

Volcanic earthquake from Taal felt in parts of Batangas, Tagaytay

Feb 03, 2020 - 2:05 PM

Phivolcs says the volcanic earthquake was magnitude 3.2 and struck at 4:20 am on Monday, February 3. It is among the latest quakes which show magma is still moving beneath Taal Volcano's crater.

Taal Volcano unrest enters 4th week

Feb 02, 2020 - 2:20 PM

Volcanic earthquakes still persist, indicating the movement of magma beneath Taal Volcano's crater, says Phivolcs on Sunday, February 2

An aerial view shows the landscape of Buso Buso covered in ash following the eruption Taal volcano on January 19, 2020. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

WATCH: Pregnant Taal evacuees worry for the day they’ll give birth

Feb 01, 2020 - 8:57 PM

Though their basic needs are well-provided in the evacuation center of Tuy, Batangas, these two mothers are still anxious for their babies

CARING MOTHER. Shara Gepoleo, who is 7 months pregnant, takes care of her daughter Venice inside the evacuation center in Tuy, Batangas following the Taal Volcano eruption. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Phivolcs records another Taal Volcano harmonic tremor

Feb 01, 2020 - 1:30 PM

Phivolcs says on Saturday, February 1, that Taal Volcano's latest harmonic tremor lasted 3 minutes. It indicates continuing movement of magma.

DOST-PHILVOCS OIC Dr. Renato Solidum Jr. show the crater area of Taal volcaco 7 km-radius. The Phivolcs lowered volcano alert to level 3 from level 4 and from 14-km radius down to 7-km danger zone from the main crater in a press conference at the PHIVOLCS on Sunday, January 27, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

WATCH: Evacuated Phivolcs scientists continue to keep Filipinos safe

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:53 PM

Taal Volcano's eruption forces Phivolcs scientists to evacuate from their observatory in Talisay, Batangas. But they've never stopped working.

EMPTY FOR NOW. A layer of ash covers the facade of the Phivolcs' Taal Volcano Observatory in Talisay Batangas on January 31, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

In Talisay, desperate residents beg on the street for money, water

Jan 31, 2020 - 5:59 PM

Talisay Mayor Gerry Natanauan says the municipal government cannot just stop the people from begging, as it is an 'opportunity' calamity victims tend to resort to

IN NEED OF HELP. Leoncio Seña, 62, begs on the streets of Barangay San Guillermo in Talisay, Batangas in the wake of the Taal Volcano eruption. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

On last day of January, Taal Volcano stays at Alert Level 3

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:40 AM

It's been a long first month of 2020 for those affected by the Taal Volcano eruption, and Phivolcs reiterates that the unrest is not over yet

Taal from Agoncillo. Rappler

WATCH: Dog from Taal Volcano Island looking for forever home

Jan 30, 2020 - 9:20 PM

Lyka, a 7-year-old dog, and over a hundred other rescued dogs from Taal Volcano Island are looking for loving and patient owners

Not over yet: Phivolcs says magma around 5 kilometers below Taal crater

Jan 30, 2020 - 1:25 PM

Phivolcs records a harmonic tremor, or rhythmic shaking associated with magma movement, on Thursday, January 30

Taal magma remains a threat: Science and Technology Undersecretary and Philippine Institute Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Officer-in-Charge Renato Solidum, Jr. tells senators during a public hearing on Urban Planning and Resettlement Thursday, January 30, 2020 that the condition of Taal Volcano would always remain a threat to people on the island and around it. “At the moment, we still see magma about five kilometers below the crater. If it had exploded like before, then it might do so again. Long-term planning and the relocation site that the government will choose would be very important,” Solidum said. (Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB)

WATCH: Broken hearts as Agoncillo residents return to ruined homes

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:00 AM

With no homes and no jobs, the poorest residents get dragged down further below the poverty line after the eruption of Taal Volcano

Police augmentation force pulls out of Batangas following Duterte’s order

Jan 29, 2020 - 11:49 PM

Some 2,000 police troops earlier sent to help secure and assist evacuees are heading back to the national headquarters in Manila, even with Taal Volcano still restive

HELP. Canlubang, Laguna police brings residents of Taal town home, after the alert level over Taal Volcano was lowered from 4 to 3. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

How this businessman went from tikoy to telecoms

Jan 29, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Having a family business is not a guarantee of success. You need flexibility and vision.

Taal Volcano maintains lower likelihood of hazardous eruption

Jan 29, 2020 - 2:30 PM

Taal Volcano stays at Alert Level 3 on Wednesday, January 29

ALERT LEVEL 3. Phivolcs conducts a drone survey of Taal Volcano on January 27, 2020. Screenshot from Phivolcs video

WATCH: Police uphold duty to others, even while affected by Taal Volcano's eruption

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:43 PM

'Everybody is a victim dito sa volcanic eruption na 'to eh. Pero 'yun nga lang pinagkaiba ng pulis natin is they signed up para maglingkod,' says Talisay police chief Aldrin Jay Baysa

HELP. Canlubang, Laguna police brings residents of Taal town home, after the alert level over Taal Volcano was lowered from 4 to 3. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Women’s group in Albay donating harvest to Taal Volcano evacuees

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:29 PM

As survivors themselves, the group Women for Progress Movement in Albay gives back by donating their freshly harvested sweet potatoes to Taal Volcano eruption evacuees

WOMEN FOR OTHERS. The Women for Progress Movement in Albay helps Taal Volcano eruption evacuees by donating their sweet potato harvest. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Two-time Taal eruption survivor: Access to information saved lives in 2020

Jan 28, 2020 - 1:06 PM

'May alam ang mga tao sa sitwasyon ng bulkan so hindi sila nagpapanic. Nalaman agad nila kung ano ang gagawin, hindi katulad noong dati na wala talaga,' says Vivencio Manguiat, a survivor of the 1965 Taal Volcano eruption

63-year-old Vivencio Manguiat from Balete, Batangas recalls the Taal Volcano eruption which happened on September 28-30, 1965. Rappler Screenshot

Taal sulfur dioxide, volcanic earthquakes go down further

Jan 28, 2020 - 10:45 AM

Despite the easing situation, Phivolcs reiterates on Tuesday, January 28, that Alert Level 3 remains raised for Taal Volcano, since the unrest has not completely stopped

Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Taal Volcano evacuees appeal: ‘We need cash aid’

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Their houses need repair, they don't have jobs, they've lost their livelihood

EVACUEES. Several residents have opted to stay at evacuation centers even afer the Batangas provincial government has announced they can go home. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

WATCH: Temporary shelters eyed for residents displaced by Taal eruption

Jan 27, 2020 - 8:57 PM

Two areas in Ibaan town in Batangas are being eyed as temporary shelters for residents affected by the Taal Volcano eruption

RELOCATION SITE. The Batangas provincial disaster office started cleaning the houses that displaced residents by the Taal Volcano eruption may soon occupy. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Despite remaining threat, Taal evacuees simply happy to be home

Jan 27, 2020 - 8:05 PM

But once the volcano shows signs of imminent explosion, residents say they'll pack their belongings and will be ready to evacuate again

Residents enter the town of Lemery, Batangas after they were allowed to return to their homes following the lowering of the Taal Volcano alert level from 4 to 3 on Sunday, January 26. Photo by AFP

Despite reopening of town, Agoncillo residents remain in evacuation centers

Jan 27, 2020 - 7:20 PM

Agoncillo Mayor Daniel Reyes says ashfall from Taal Volcano damaged many houses in his town, so residents are unable to return even if they're already allowed to

Large fissures cause major damages to roads, houses, and establishments in Barangay San Teodoro in Agoncillo, Batangas on January 14, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal in Agoncillo, Batangas on January 15, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Some Batangas residents return home as Taal Volcano eases

Jan 26, 2020 - 11:06 PM

'Tuwang-tuwa po ang aming mga kababayan,' says a resident of Taal town, as they get breathing room following the downgrading of Taal Volcano to Alert Level 3

CLEAN UP. Residents of Barangay Wawa Ilaya in Lemery, Batangas clean their houses as soon as they came home when Taal Volcano was lowered to Alert Level 3. Photo by Vee Salazar/Rappler

Taal eruption damaged possibly 'thousands' of homes

Jan 26, 2020 - 5:20 PM

The Batangas provincial government plans to give assistance to affected residents and buy their livestock

LIST: Batangas towns, cities where lockdowns are lifted as Taal down to Alert Level 3

Jan 26, 2020 - 11:15 AM

Taal Volcano may still erupt so residents who choose to go home must be ready to evacuate again if needed, says the Batangas provincial government

STILL ACTIVE. Taal Volcano as photographed on January 15, 2020. The volcano may still erupt even after its alert level status was downgraded to level 3, government seismologists said on January 26. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Taal Volcano downgraded to Alert Level 3, but threat not over

Jan 26, 2020 - 9:45 AM

Phivolcs says the downgrading of Taal Volcano to Alert Level 3 means a 'decreased tendency towards hazardous eruption,' but it does not mean 'that the threat of a hazardous eruption has disappeared'

Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Santo Tomas village appeals: Take care of in-house evacuees too

Jan 25, 2020 - 9:04 PM

’Yung barangay dito…kahit hindi kami tiga-rito, tinanggap nila kami ng buong-buo,' says Cherryl Lazara, an evacuee who sought refuge in San Luis, Sto Tomas, Batangas

AID. More than half of evacuees chose to live outside of evacuation centers. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

LOOK: Eyed relocation site for Taal evacuees in Ibaan, Batangas

Jan 25, 2020 - 4:41 PM

The eyed relocation site has 1,200 units, a school building, and a gymnasium

HOUSING SITE. The compound has 1,200 units. Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

Uncertainty goes on as Taal Volcano emits more steam, sulfur dioxide

Jan 25, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Phivolcs says on Saturday, January 25, that Taal Volcano continues to emit 'white steam-laden plumes' and sulfur dioxide, a major gas component of magma

Taal Aerial. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Batangas town mayor welcomes Taal eruption resettlers

Jan 25, 2020 - 12:37 PM

Mayor Joy Salvame says some evacuees have expressed their desire to resettle in Ibaan, which is a safe zone

IBAAN CHIEF. Ibaan Mayor Joy Salvame (middle) visits an evacuation center. Photo from the Facebook page of Mayor Joy Salvame

Batangas ghost town eyed as relocation site for residents displaced by Taal eruption

Jan 24, 2020 - 9:07 PM

An unutilized housing project in Ibaan, Batangas, intended for police and military personnel is being considered as a relocation site for those affected by the Taal Volcano eruption

Traumatized Taal survivor wants to relocate, if given the chance

Jan 24, 2020 - 5:55 PM

'Gusto ko lang sabihin sa gobyerno na sana matulungan 'nyo kami sa karamihan ng tao doon na nawalan ng hanapbuhay at bahay at walang babalikan'

'HELP US'. Taal evacuee Mary Grace Barrion asks the government to help them rebuild their lives. Rappler screenshot

SM continues to send relief assistance to remote towns in Batangas

Jan 24, 2020 - 3:26 PM

Together with its partners and affiliates, and broadcast journalist Karen Davila, SM aided over 350 displaced families in Calaca, Batangas

WATCH: Volunteers serve hot meals to Taal Volcano evacuees

Jan 24, 2020 - 2:32 PM

Adding a human touch to food relief – a warm, freshly cooked meal instead of sardines in a can – goes a long way to uplift evacuees' spirits, volunteers say

HOT MEALS. Volunteers cook and serve comfort food to Taal Volcano evacuees in Batangas. Photo by Naoki Mengua/Rappler

Phivolcs on viral video of man on Taal Volcano Island: 'Maaaring ikamatay'

Jan 24, 2020 - 12:10 PM

Phivolcs says a person would not be able to run from a hazardous Taal Volcano eruption if it occurs while he or she is on the island

RISKY MOVE. A man goes to Taal Volcano Island, which is supposed to be off-limits as the volcano is under Alert Level 4. Screenshot from viral video

WATCH: A Taal Volcano evacuee despairs after husband dies from stroke

Jan 24, 2020 - 12:58 AM

Still grieving the loss of her eldest child, Jocelyn Salvia loses her husband Elmer to a stroke. He had been busy distributing relief goods to their fellow evacuees, even as he looked after his own family's welfare.

Taal survivor recalls evacuating ailing father, deaf mute daughter

Jan 23, 2020 - 8:23 PM

'First time kong na experience ito at hindi ko alam ang gagawin,' says 39-year-old Rowena Balina

TAAL SURVIVOR. 39-year-old Rowena Balina shares how her family was able to get out of Taal Volcano vicinity. Rappler screenshot.