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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

[OPINION] Scientists and politicians should break out of their bubbles

Feb 14, 2020 - 1:52 PM

'Policy makers are not scientists, and scientists are not policy makers'

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)

PNP Bicol hunts thieves who stole Phivolcs equipment monitoring Mayon Volcano

Feb 07, 2020 - 9:09 PM

The PNP chief of Bicol orders Albay cops to get the culprits ASAP

File copy of Mount Mayon magmatic eruption in 2018 where children watch the fury of the country's most active volcano at Penaranda Park, one of the viewing sites designated by the provincial government as safe viewing area. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

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)

[OPINION] All crises are manufactured, and all crises can be stopped

Feb 06, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Which solution will work – one that serves the needs of foreign capital and local greed, or one that serves the people?

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)

LOOK: Heart Evangelista joins PAWS for animal rescue mission near Taal

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:44 AM

The celebrity animal lover brings food and water to dogs and horses affected by the Taal Volcano eruption

Solar panels stolen from Mayon Volcano monitoring station

Feb 06, 2020 - 9:40 AM

'With loss of power supply, no data will be transmitted from this station and consequently will affect the monitoring of Mayon Volcano,' says Phivolcs

This photo taken on December 11, 2014, a farmer walking along a rice field near the foot of Mayon volcano in Legazpi City, Albay province. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo by TED ALJIBE / AFP)

LOOK: Mayon Volcano 'crater glow' as it stays under Alert Level 2

Feb 05, 2020 - 11:30 PM

Phivolcs reminds the public that Mayon Volcano has been under Alert Level 2 since March 29, 2018, which means a 'moderate level of unrest'

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)

Through his own lens: Albert Garcia gets up close with Pinatubo, Taal

Feb 01, 2020 - 6:15 PM

Rappler talks to award-winning photojournalist Albert Garcia about covering the eruptions of Mount Pinatubo and Taal Volcano

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: Cavite coffee farmers struggle to rise from the ashes

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:05 PM

Ashfall from Taal Volcano destroys hectares of coffee trees in Amadeo, Cavite

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)

Batangas sets up 'ash for cash' program for Taal eruption victims

Jan 30, 2020 - 1:23 PM

Residents involved in cleanup operations in their areas can sell the ash they collect to the provincial government. The ash will be used to make hollow blocks.

ASHFALL. A town of Agoncillo in Batangas is seen full of ash on January 13, 2020, following an eruption by the Taal volcano. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on proposed Taal Commission

Jan 30, 2020 - 11:20 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler on Thursday, January 30

DAMAGED. 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/Rappler

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

Batangas mayors say time to change how they respond to disasters

Jan 30, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Some mayors propose that all residents of a threatened town be evacuated to just one designated town for easy tracking. But can receiving towns absorb entire populations?

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

Duterte orders withdrawal of additional police from Taal eruption response efforts

Jan 29, 2020 - 9:54 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says local government officials and police assigned to the area are capable of enforcing response plans

RESTIVE VOLCANO. The Taal Volcano, pictured here on January 26, 2020, remains on Alert Level 3. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

U.P. shares high-resolution Taal map data to public to help in reconstruction

Jan 29, 2020 - 5:19 PM

From these, 3D visualizations of geographic features and buildings can be created, as well as how the affected areas looked like before the volcanic eruption

HIGH-RESOLUTION MAP. A satellite image of the Taal Volcano Island generated from the DREAM and Phil-LiDAR Programs. Image from PCIEERD Media

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

[OPINION] Speaking truth to power: Why the government should listen to scientists

Jan 28, 2020 - 12:40 PM

'Scientists provide a path through the dark of misunderstanding...and governments around the world would do well to listen to them. Especially when it's not convenient.'

WATCH: Filipino singers record new song 'Tulong Taal' for those displaced by eruption

Jan 28, 2020 - 12:20 PM

The song is composed by Vehnee Saturno

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

Water facilities being constructed at Batangas evacuation camps for Taal victims

Jan 27, 2020 - 8:42 AM

Jetmatic pumps will be placed in several evacuation camps such as Batangas Sports Complex, West Bauan, Central School, Bauan Batangas, Lemery, Agoncillo, and San Nicolas

WATER SOURCE. Evacuees watch a team working on installing deep well water pumps in an evacuation site in Batangas. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia

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