Taal - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Taal


With just a tap, LRT passengers can donate to Taal Volcano survivors

Jan 23, 2020 - 7:22 PM

De La Salle Philippines and AF Payments device a way commuters to donate P5 with every tap using their Beep cards

TAP AND DONATE. Commuters can approach #OneLaSalleForTaal volunteers at the LRT Taft station and tap their Beep cards on their device from AF Payment Incorporated. Photo courtesy of De La Salle Philippines

Over 400 mothers in Taguig donate breast milk to Taal evacuees

Jan 23, 2020 - 6:05 PM

The Department of Health reiterates that only breast milk and not infant formula milk may be donated for babies in disaster-hit areas

BREASTMILK. More than 400 nursing mothers donate breastmilk for babies affected by Taal Volcano eruption during 'Breast Milk Ko, Alay Ko' event in Lower Bicutan, Taguig City on January 23, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

[PODCAST] Taal Volcano 2020 eruption: Ano ang worst-case scenario?

Jan 23, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Paano at kailan nagsimulang mag-alboroto ang Taal Volcano? Ano ang dapat gawin ng publiko ngayong nakataas pa ang Alert Level 4? Pakinggan ang talakayan nila Rappler editor Acor Arceo at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan.

How Filipinos are helping Taal eruption survivors while going zero waste

Jan 23, 2020 - 3:10 PM

Seeing the need to do their part to help those affected, many organizations championing the zero-waste lifestyle are helping Taal eruption survivors by leading eco-friendly donation drives

Background photo by KD Madrilejos

'Titigil o tutuloy?': Phivolcs warns Taal Volcano danger remains

Jan 23, 2020 - 2:40 PM

Phivolcs officials explain reported probabilities of a hazardous Taal Volcano eruption happening, and provide details of the 'complex' situation as of Thursday, January 23

Taal Aerial. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

DILG forbids entry in 14-kilometer Taal danger zone

Jan 23, 2020 - 2:38 PM

The DILG directs mayors in high-risk areas to strictly implement a total lockdown

GHOST TOWN. A general view shows vehicles covered in ash by the eruption of the Taal volcano, near Agoncillo, Batangas, on January 20, 2020. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Why we can't let our guard down on Taal Volcano

Jan 23, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Geologist and Philippine Nuclear Research Institute Director Carlos Arcilla says it is important to have people who can better explain volcanic hazards to the public, especially to the affected communities

TAAL VOLCANO. A view of the volcano from Tagaytay City on January 20, 2020. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

WATCH: Taal evacuees cry for help as House holds 'symbolic' session in Batangas

Jan 23, 2020 - 7:40 AM

The House of Representatives holds its plenary session in Batangas City, which sits just outside the danger zone of the restive Taal Volcano

OUT-OF-TOWN. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano (standing in front of the Philippine flag) presides over the House plenary session at the Batangas City Convention Center on January 22, 2020. Rappler screenshot

Cayetano defends House session in Batangas: It's symbolic

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:50 PM

'If you're asking nakasagabal ba kami nang onti, yes.... But I think the symbolism at 'yung pakikiramay much, much outweighs [everything else],' says House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

DEFENSE. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, House Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante Jr, and House committee on disaster management chair Lucy Torres Gomez answer questions from the media on January 22, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

WATCH: Batangas resort takes in evacuees amid Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:14 PM

This Batangas resort takes in residents looking for shelter after the Taal Volcano started erupting

PRIVATE RESORT. This private resort-turned-evacuation-center accepts Taal Volcano victims. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Funeral home waives fees for dad who died amid Taal eruption

Jan 22, 2020 - 9:22 PM

The eldest daughter of Antonio Baleros says a good samaritan spoke with Filipinas Funeral Homes to waive their remaining balance of P45,500

FATHER OF 7. Antonio Baleros died on January 13 after fleeing from Taal town in Batangas. Photo courtesy of the Baleros family

Teary-eyed evacuees' appeal: Allow us to fish in Taal Lake again

Jan 22, 2020 - 8:25 PM

Agoncillo Mayor Daniel Reyes tells lawmakers that Batangueños also need psychological interventions to help them process trauma from the Taal Volcano eruption

APPEAL FOR HELP. Edwina Bilog, an evacuee from San Nicolas, Batangas, shares to lawmakers on January 22, 2020 how difficult life has been for her in the past days since the Taal Volcano erupted. Photo by Rappler

Cavitex, C5 link waive toll for Taal Volcano eruption relief vehicles

Jan 22, 2020 - 6:37 PM

Donors may request for free passage by emailing Cavitex customer service

TOLL-FREE. Vehicles carrying relief goods for Taal Volcano eruption victims may now pass through the Cavitex and C5 link flyover for free. Photo from pea.gov.ph

Dennis Uy gives free fuel for Taal Volcano responders

Jan 22, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Phoenix Petroleum provides over 1,200 liters of fuel for first responders, while employees at Udenna Tower set aside a week's worth of lunch money for relief efforts

DepEd official asks LGU to use gyms for Taal evacuees

Jan 22, 2020 - 5:40 PM

Batangas Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Merthel Evardome asks local government units to use gyms and sports complexes as evacuation centers before school buildings so children can continue their education

SCHOOL BUILDINGS. An empty school building inside the Seabreeze NHA housing in Brgy. Talaibon in Ibaan, Batangas is being prepared to accept evacuees currently occupying other schools in the province. Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

WATCH: Anxious villagers plead against lockdown of areas near Taal Volcano

Jan 22, 2020 - 4:10 PM

Residents of lakeside villages in Tanauan City, Batangas, are pleading to be allowed to visit their homes, after the government completely closed off the immediate danger zone around Taal Volcano

Batangas lawmakers seek P30-B supplemental budget for Taal eruption

Jan 22, 2020 - 4:10 PM

If passed into law, the bill earmarks a supplemental budget aimed to help victims of the Taal Volcano eruption valid until December 31, 2022

REHAB FUND NEEDED. Houses along the lakeside of Barangay San Isidro in Talisay, Batangas are still blanketed by ash from the eruption of Taal Volcano on January 20, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LIVE: House holds session in Batangas amid eruption of the Taal Volcano

Jan 22, 2020 - 1:49 PM

Watch the House session live on Rappler

LIST: Relief proposals for Taal Volcano evacuees

Jan 22, 2020 - 1:06 PM

Proposals – so far, from senators – range from cash aid to moratorium on loan payments

RELIEF NEEDED. Residents of Agoncillo, Batangas were temporarily allowed by authorities to return to their homes on January 17, 2020, to retrieve their livestock. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Low sulfur dioxide from Taal, but not time to relax yet

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:40 AM

(UPDATED) 'Hindi porque bumaba ang SO2 (sulfur dioxide) ay safe na tayo, dahil puwedeng nababarahan lamang ang mga labasan ng SO2,' says Phivolcs official Maria Antonia Bornas on Wednesday, January 22

Batangas governor says classes may resume soon in areas not on lockdown

Jan 22, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas says their target is to move evacuees out of all schools within a week and transfer them to other temporary shelters

FOR EVACUEES. The newly-built Provincial Rehabilitation and Detention Center in Barangay Malainin, Ibaan, will serve as a temporary shelter for Taal Volcano evacuees. Photo courtesy of the Batangas Capitol PIO

WATCH: Evacuees getting anxious a week since they fled homes near Taal Volcano

Jan 22, 2020 - 1:12 AM

Evacuees are thankful for the help they are receiving but are worried for their long-term future, with the volcano threatening to destroy their homes and properties

ANXIOUS. People temporarily living in the Batangas Provincial Sports Complex in Batangas City, though well-provided with relief goods, worry about their homes, belongings, and livestock they left behind as they fled the wrath of Taal Volcano. Screenshot from Rappler's Facebook Live

Take that, trolls! In Batangas, Robredo embraces the ‘Leni Lugaw’ tag

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:12 PM

The Vice President also gives pan de sal to the evacuees, sending a message to her critic and administration propagandist Mocha Uson

Vice President Leni Robredo holds up the "Lugaw Leni" sign during her visit to Brgy. Bolbok, Tuy, Batangas on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Here, VP Leni herself served merienda for residents affected by the Taal Volcano's unrest. The sign was placed by the staff at the lugaw and pandesal station, making light of one of the most overused troll comments against the Vice President. (Photo by Charlie Villegas / OVP)

Limited facilities hinder SUCs from taking in Taal Volcano evacuees

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:42 PM

Anakalusugan Representative Michael Defensor says state universities and colleges might be in a better position to accommodate provisional shelters 'because they have more land, structures, and facilities'

SHUNNED. Evacuees who opted to live with their relatives outside danger zones were temporarily refused help by the Tanauan City government. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Robredo returns to Batangas, Cavite to give more aid to Taal evacuees

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:36 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo also gives evacuees a bowl of porridge and pan de sal aside from the food packs, hygiene kits, sleeping mattresses, and blankets she donated

'LUGAW NI LENI.' Vice President Leni Robredo hands out bowls of porridge to evacuees staying in Tuy, Batangas due to the eruption of the Taal Volcano. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

WATCH: Gov't to force residents out of homes in Taal Volcano danger zone

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:25 PM

Elias Fernandez Jr of DILG Calabarzon says they will do everything in their capacity to remove residents who refuse to leave their homes located at the danger zone

THREAT. Taal Volcano still emits steam as a threat of a major explosion is still at bay. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

SLEX, STAR now toll-free for Taal Volcano eruption relief vehicles

Jan 21, 2020 - 7:36 PM

Vehicles bringing aid for people affected by the Taal Volcano eruption may stop at inspection sites to claim free single exit passes

RELIEF VEHICLES. Members of Manila Police District on January 19, 2020, load relief goods to be distributed to the people affected by the eruption of the Taal volcano. Photo KD Madrilejos

DILG issuing show cause orders vs officials allowing Taal danger zone visits

Jan 21, 2020 - 1:50 PM

After the aerial survey of Taal Volcano, DILG Calabarzon OIC Elias Fernandez Jr says there are still people living at the danger zone

NO WINDOW HOURS. DILG orders a stop on the set 'visiting hours' by some mayors which allowed residents to go back to their homes and get their belongings. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Golpe de gulat: This week's outlook

Jan 21, 2020 - 1:08 PM

Golpe de gulat is the Duterte administration's tool in telling the business elite that their time is up, that the future belongs to a new oligarchy

House willing to hike supplemental budget for Taal eruption to P50 billion 'if needed'

Jan 21, 2020 - 12:35 PM

Several members of the House committee on rules also donate P500,000 to districts in Batangas affected by the volcanic eruption

RELIEF FOR EVACUEES. Volunteers hand out aid donations to families affected by the eruption of the Taal volcano, in Buso Buso on January 20, 2020. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Phivolcs 'respects' Talisay vice mayor's feelings, but 'firm' in science

Jan 21, 2020 - 11:35 AM

'We understand their plight, so we are working doubly hard so we can give them the best information,' says Phivolcs official Maria Antonia Bornas on Tuesday, January 21

Taal Volcano on January 20, 2020. Screenshot from Rappler video

Batangas City Jail now 342% congested as inmates move in to flee erupting Taal

Jan 20, 2020 - 10:46 PM

Lemery prisoners are safe inside the Batangas City Jail, but they worry about their relatives staying in evacuation centers within the province

IMMINENT THREAT. There is still a threat of a hazardous Taal Volcano eruption, according to state volcanologists. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

WATCH: Taal Volcano eruption hits small vendors hard

Jan 20, 2020 - 9:11 PM

In a city that is dependent on tourism, vendors and small businessmen are the hardest hit during a disaster

Duterte wants P30-B supplemental budget for Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 20, 2020 - 8:40 PM

'Hindi naman inakalain na puputok so baka magkaroon tayo ng supplemental budget sa Congress, but anyway, everybody is eager to help,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells Batangas residents

DISASTER AID. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during his visit to the families affected by the Taal Volcano eruption at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum on January 14, 2020. Malacañang Photo

Taal Volcano's economic impact minimal so far, says NEDA

Jan 20, 2020 - 6:10 PM

The National Economic and Development Authority says foregone revenue due to the Taal Volcano eruption could reach almost P7 billion, but this would not make a dent in the overall economy

DSWD 'ready' if Taal Volcano eruption extends for months

Jan 20, 2020 - 5:50 PM

Emergency cash transfers and livelihood assistance are among the forms of aid that the Department of Social Welfare and Development would provide in the long term

Volunteers pack relief rations at the DSWD National Resource Operations Center (NROC) at Chapel Road Pasay City on January 17, 2020. for displaced families of the Taal volcano eruption. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Even with possible ‘hazardous’ Taal eruption, House to hold session in Batangas

Jan 20, 2020 - 4:10 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says the lawmakers plan to 'listen to the first responders, listen to those who are directly affected' by the Taal Volcano eruption

LEADERSHIP DECISION. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says the proposal to hold the January 22, 2020 session in Batangas City was backed by other House leaders. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

FALSE: Binintiang Malaki is 'not real' Taal crater

Jan 20, 2020 - 3:56 PM

Taal Volcano has 47 craters and Binintiang Malaki is among them

WATCH: Vendors clean People's Park in Tagaytay in hopes of quick reopening

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:52 PM

The vendors hope that Taal Volcano stops erupting so the park can be thoroughly cleaned with their help and be open to the public again

CLEAN-UP. Vendors help clean the People's Park in the Sky in Tagaytay City. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Tagaytay Sky Ranch still vulnerable to 'heavy ashfall' – NDRRMC

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:33 PM

Tagaytay Sky Ranch is safe from a possible base surge, but still vulnerable to heavy ashfall. The business still decides to open.

VULNERABLE. Taal Volcano eruption as seen from Sky Ranch, Tagaytay City. Photo by Zark Del Mundo

Año orders stop to 'visiting hours' to Taal Volcano danger zone

Jan 20, 2020 - 11:13 AM

'I don't see the logic of giving 4 hours when in fact you don't even know when it will erupt and in a matter of minutes, everybody will die,' says Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año

STRICT LOCKDOWN. Residents leave the town of Agoncillo, Batangas after retrieving some of ther belongings and livestock animals from their homes on January 17, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr / Rappler

Taal fiasco: Walang plano, kapos sa pondo

Jan 20, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The Philippines is 9th in disaster-risk worldwide, located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, visited by 20 tropical cyclones every year, and has 74% of its population vulnerable to disasters. Yet government reduces our calamity fund by P22.9 billion since 2016

DSWD: Food enough in evacuation centers; focus now on hygiene kits, rehabilitation

Jan 20, 2020 - 10:50 AM

Social Welfare Assistant Secretary Anton Hernandez says it's past the crucial period, so those who want to help can do so in the rehabilitation of affected communities

REPACKING. Volunteers repack rice grains at the DSWD National Resource Operations Center at Chapel Road Pasay City on January 17, 2020, to be distributed to displaced families after the Taal Volcano eruption. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Alert Level 4 stays as Taal Volcano unrest enters 2nd week

Jan 20, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Phivolcs reiterates on Monday, January 20, that people are strongly advised to stay out of high-risk areas surrounding Taal Volcano

TAAL VOLCANO. A view of the volcano from Tagaytay City on January 20, 2020. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

WATCH: ‘We will rise from the ashes’

Jan 20, 2020 - 9:01 AM

The Redemptorist Shrine in Lipa City is not your average evacuation center. Rappler’s Charles Salazar captures why in this video

RELIEF. Evacuees attend mass at the covered court of the Redemptorist Shrine in Lipa, Batangas. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

#WalangPasok in Batangas until Taal Volcano under Alert Level 4

Jan 19, 2020 - 4:30 PM

Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas suspends classes for all levels in all public and private schools while Alert Level 4 is raised

Villagers affected by the eruption of the Taal Volcano stay at an evacuation center in the Municipality of Alitagtag, Batangas on January 15, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Batangas gov asks Chinese envoy for grant to help in Taal rehab

Jan 19, 2020 - 4:12 PM

Governor Dodo Mandanas says the grant or soft loan is 'relative to projects which are directed towards strengthening our development strategies'

Photo courtesy of Katrin Buted, Batangas Capitol PIO

Central Luzon cops bring P2.5M worth of relief goods to Batangas colleagues

Jan 19, 2020 - 2:22 PM

Rice, bottled water, canned goods, and toiletries were collected through the Police Regional Office 3 and the Association of Chief of Police in the Philippines' initiative dubbed "Lingap para sa kapwa Pulis na biktima ng Bulkang Taal"

Brig. Gen. Rhodel Sermonia (4th from left) and other PRO3 officials hand over to PRO4A director Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr (middle) the relief goods intended for the families of Batangas policemen. Photo courtesy of PRO3 public information office

Lipa school aims to provide sense of normalcy, dignity to Taal evacuees

Jan 19, 2020 - 2:01 PM

'We treat them as guests here, not as evacuees,' says De La Salle Lipa President Brother Dante Amisola

MEDICAL CHECK-UP. A young evacuee undergoes medical check-up as the De La Salle Lipa offers 'welcome shelters' for those affected by the Taal eruption. Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta/Rappler

[OPINION] Resilience is not enough

Jan 19, 2020 - 2:00 PM

You cannot expect local communities to keep rebuilding disaster after disaster, considering the ones hit the hardest are often among the poorest and most vulnerable