By Glen S. Ramos/Benjamin F. Cuaresma
MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH)-Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) and other government agencies are now on full alert after the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised the alert status of Taal volcano to Alert Level 3 on Thursday, 01 July 2021.
OIC-Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco stated that all health facilities in Batangas province have been placed on code white alert and ready to provide emergency care in case of mass casualties or emergencies. “We will be providing N95 masks and jerry cans to residents in high-risk areas in preparation for evacuation.”
“The Batangas DOH-Provincial Health Team Office is now mobilized and prepared to provide preventive health measures that may be caused by volcanic eruption including burns, suffocation, skin diseases, respiratory problems, and even death,” she added.
Sydiongco advised residents of communities near the volcano to wear face masks and face shields due to the volcanic smog or vog. “Exposure to the vog can cause irritation to the eyes, throat and respiratory tract. Those with health conditions including the elderly, pregnant women and children are most vulnerable to its effects.”
“Pinaalahanan din natin ang mga residente na tayo ay nasa pandemya pa rin at kailangan nating sumunod sa mga community health protocols gaya ng social distancing, pagsusuot ng face mask at paghuhugas ng kamay.”
“Sa mga komunidad na nakatira sa paligid ng Taal, doblehin po natin ang pag-iingat at manatiling nakaantabay sa mga anunsyo at sumunod sa mga utos ng ating acting lokal na pamahalaan para sa ating kaligtasan,” Sydiongco emphasized. (AI/MTVN)