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Rody sets visit to volcano victims

President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled today, Jan. 20, to lead the ceremonial distribution of food packs to families affected by the at the PUP Gymnasium in Santo Tomas, Batangas. JAMPACKED. Evacuees huddled inside their cube tents, as the threat of Taal’s eruption remains high, keeping them from their homes for …

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Disaster resilience tops House agenda

House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez on Sunday said Congress would expedite the passage of President Rodrigo Duterte’s priority measures, including bills creating executive departments for Filipino overseas workers, water resources and disaster resilience before the next adjournment in March. House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez …

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Visitors offer glimmer of hope

Tagaytay City―Business in this usually bustling city has yet to return to normal, as business owners have decided to reschedule their openings because of the limited supply of water following the . Coffee and pineapple growers in areas around Taal Volcano, who have to deal with the thick layers of …

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Phivolcs: Volcano already open

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology fears a of seismic activities at Taal Volcano in Batangas. “The volcano is already open,” said Ma. Antonia Bornas, chief of PHIVOLCS’ Volcano Monitoring and Eruption Prediction Division. “It would be easier for the magma to climb up. There would be nothing to …

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Ashfall sickens many evacuees

Acute respiratory infections caused by the ashfall from last week are the top complaint of “between 50 and 60 percent” of evacuees consulting with the Department of Health’s workers at evacuation centers, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Sunday. JAMPACKED. Evacuees from towns affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano …

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‘Bakwit‘: From flight to plight

Authorities were struggling Wednesday to keep thousands of evacuees from returning to homes in areas threatened by a BAREFOOT BUT BRAVE. Highly strung evacuees trudge along the heavily silted muddy road towards Tanauan City (above) after unloading their valuables. Joey Razon Some in shelters since the volcano let loose a …

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Taal Lake one giant cauldron

The entire Taal Lake is one giant caldera, and Taal Volcano is one of 24 active volcanoes listed by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. GIANT CALDERA. Up to 30 kms wide, the entire Taal Lake hosts an island made up of a volcano, among 24 active in the …

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Face masks overcharging: Field agents checking

The Trade Department sent a team of field agents Monday to verify reports that retailers were overcharging for face masks in Metro Manila and in provinces affected by the Taal volcano ashfall. Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said reports have reached his office that some retailers have jacked up their prices …

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Atom-bomb like blast feared

Taal Volcano could have a prolonged, hazardous eruption that would look like an atomic bomb blast and trigger a volcanic tsunami that would inundate surrounding areas, state volcanologists warned Monday. VOLCANO’S VICTIMS. The People’s Park in the Sky often simply called People’s Park and originally named palace in the sky, …

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