MANILA – The vaccination of residents against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in areas affected by Taal Volcano’s unrest continues in evacuation centers, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said.
“Sa katunayan, naglaan ang NCR (National Capital Region) ng 3,500 bakuna para sa evacuation centers sa Batangas para sa ating mga kababayang nais magpabakuna habang pansamantalang nakatira sa mga pasilidad na inilaan ng LGU (local government unit) (In fact, the NCR allotted 3,500 vaccine doses for evacuation centers in Batangas for those who would want to get vaccinated while staying in facilities provided by the LGU),” Año told President Rodrigo Duterte during a pre-recorded Cabinet meeting on Tuesday night.
He also said the local government in Batangas continues to implement the minimum health and safety protocols in evacuation centers which currently houses 1,034 families.
“Maganda naman ang paghahanda at ang pag-aksyon ng ating pamahalaan lokal ng Batangas sa pangunguna ni Governor Hermilando Mandanas (We have good response efforts and preparations made by the Batangas local government led by Governor Hermilando Mandanas),” he said.
Año said Mandanas thanked the national government for the aid through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Health (DOH).
The DILG chief also commended the LGUs for their preparations in response to the disaster.
“Sa ating monitoring, Mr. President, lahat po ng local chief executives na 142 LGUs na naapektuhan ng pagputok ng bulkan ay kasalukuyang pinangungunahan ang mga paghahandang ginagawa sa kani-kanilang mga nasasakupan (Based on our monitoring, Mr. President, all local chief executives of the 142 LGUs affected by the eruption of the volcano are currently leading the preparations made by the respective areas),” Año said.
He said members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) have also been tapped to provide assistance to the affected LGUs.
“We have deployed search and rescue personnel, minimum public health standard enforcement teams, and resources of the BFP. We have allotted 700 trucks — fire trucks, 14 rescue/hazmat trucks, 21 ambulance, at seven watercraft for all those who would need assistance,” he said.
Taal Volcano has been under Alert Level 3 (magmatic unrest) following a phreatomagmatic eruption — a result of the interaction between magma and water — that occurred at its main crater on July 1. (PNA)