Transport, labor groups donate Taal relief aid


Posted at Jan 19 2020 10:52 AM

Evacuees settle for the night at an school in Batangas province, Jan. 14, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA — Private donors in Quezon City, including transport and labor groups, prepared relief goods on Sunday for some 10,000 evacuees in neighboring Batangas province who fled their homes due to the eruption of Taal Volcano a week ago. 

The canned goods, instant noodles, diapers, napkins, packed rice, and hygiene kits would go to evacuees in San Luis town, south of the capital. 

The Metro Manila Hatchback Community (MMHC), Defend Job Philippines, Laban TNVS, Lawyers for Commuters Safety and Protection, and the Quezon City Anti-Corruption were among the groups that led the effort. 

An earlier batch of relief goods collected last Tuesday went to about 760 families in the same town, said MMHC chairman Jun De Leon. 

The groups, he said, hoped to gather more funds for the relief effort through a Jan. 27 benefit concert at the 70s Bistro in Anonas, Quezon City, where singer Joey Ayala and band Brownman Revival would perform for free. 

Taal last Jan. 12 belched a giant ash cloud that reached Metro Manila, temporarily suspended operations at the capital's main airport and damaged at least P3 billion worth of crops and livestock. 

The second-highest alert in a 5-step system remains hoisted over the volcano, which means "hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days," state seismologists said. 

With reports from Fred Cipres and Kevin Manalo, ABS-CBN News