Education chief to visit Batangas schools affected by Taal eruption

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 17 2020 11:32 AM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones will check on schools in Batangas affected by the Taal Volcano eruption, Jan. 17, 2020. Presidential Photo/File

MANILA—Education Secretary Leonor Briones said Friday she would inspect schools in Batangas affected by the Taal Volcano eruption.

Over 120 schools were used as evacuation centers by thousands of Filipinos who fled the rumbling volcano, Briones said.

“After this event, I will be going to Batangas, to Bauan to inspect, and talk to the teachers, evacuees, and the learners on their situation,” the 79-year-old education chief said during the launch of President Rodrigo Duterte’s legacy campaign in Pasay City.

“We have to make decisions on behalf of our teachers and learners,” she added.

Briones assured those affected by the eruption that disaster protocols were in place in schools used as evacuation centers.

As of Friday, Taal Volcano remains under alert level 4, which warns of a hazardous eruption in the coming hours or days.

A total of 12,370 families are staying in evacuation centers in the provinces of Batangas and Cavite, data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) showed.