VP Leni vows help for communities affected by Mayon eruption


Posted at Jan 24 2018 09:55 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo visited the towns of Camalig and Guinobatan, and Ligao City in the province of Albay on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, to look into the situation of evacuees affected by the ongoing volcanic activity of Mount Mayon. Handout

MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday vowed to help communities affected by the activity of the Mayon Volcano in Albay. 

Robredo, a native of nearby Naga, said she visited evacuees in the towns of Camalig and Guinobatan, and the city of Ligao to check on the condition of temporary shelters.

The Vice President said her office has received the first batch of donations on Wednesday and expects to receive more from their partners in the coming days.

"We downloaded funds for relief already and we've activated our private partners for our Angat Buhay to pitch in," she told ANC.

"We expect to receive more in the coming days, particularly Friday," she added.

More than 60,000 people have been evacuated as the Mayon Volcano continued to spew lava and ash plumes for the third straight day Wednesday. Alert Level 4 remains hoisted over several areas in the province. 

Schools have been shut in 17 towns and cities in Albay and nearby Camarines Sur province, which was also affected by ashfall.

Several airlines have also cancelled flights due to the volcano's lava ejection.

Robredo noted the need for more portable toilets in the evacuation centers and called on the public to help affected communities.

"Siguro just pitch in. So many people really need our help... Every little help will really go a long, long way as far as our evacuees are concerned," she said.