Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Friday started his planned relief operations for the evacuees of Taal Volcano in the town of Tuy in Batangas.
Marcos, along with supporters from Tulong Taal and Tuy LGU officials, distributed relief packs to more than 1,500 evacuees located in 7 Barangays of the town.
He visited Barangays Luntal, Lumbangan, Talon, Palincaro, Malibu, Dao, and Guinhawa with Mayor Armando Afable and Vice Mayor Jose Jecerell Cerrado.
The packs contained an N95 face mask, instant noodles, bottled water, blanket, and personal hygiene kits. Marcos also donated excess clothing articles to each Barangay.
“The government’s response to the crisis has been very good. However, we wanted to focus on those who voluntarily left and are staying in evacuation sites that have received insufficient assistance,” Marcos said.
Tuy officials also said that the evacuees in their sites hail from the towns of Lemery, Agoncillo and Taal who were forced to vacate their homes.
“Please use the N95 masks, especially on your children because the air quality in the surrounding areas of Taal has not fully returned to normal. We may not see it, but fine particles may still be present and trigger their asthma,” Marcos added.
PHIVOLCS still maintains alert level 4 for Taal Volcano. Saying that hazardous explosive eruption is still possible within hours to days.