On January 12, 2020, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PhiVolcs) hoisted Alert level 2 over Taal Volcano after a phreatic eruption. In a span of five hours and after magmatic activities, it was escalated to alert level 4 which means that hazardous explosive eruption is imminent within hours or days.
Mandatory evacuations have been enforced in communities living within the 14-kilometre radius of Taal Volcano’s crater because of “possible hazards of pyroclastic density currents and volcanic tsunami.”
World Vision is supporting more than 4300 children in the province of Batangas, 2300 of whom are just 20 kilometres away from the volcano.
With your support, World Vision will be able to provide affected families with hygiene kits (bath and laundry soaps, toothbrushes and toothpastes, sanitary packs, nail cutter, undergarments and malong or tube skirt), non-food items (mosquito net, mats and blanket), dust mask and drinking water. Child-friendly spaces will also be set up to help children cope from the distress caused by the disaster while cash-for-work focusing on community clean-up will be implemented towards the early recovery phase of the response.