THE DAY IN PHOTOS: January 20, 2020
Here are the big stories today in photos.
A thirst for water
Residents scramble to grab a water bottle given by a passing citizen at a town near Taal volcano, Tagaytay, Cavite on Sunday. Many poor families living near Taal volcano have been affected due to loss of income after business closures in the area. Philippine officials said Sunday the government will no longer allow villagers to return to a crater-studded island where an erupting Taal volcano lies, warning that living there would be "like having a gun pointed at you." Aaron Favila, AP
A fisherman checks on his fish cage in Laurel, Batangas as they continue to raise and harvest tilapia, on Monday, more than a week after Taal Volcano's phreatic eruption last January 12. Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas recently directed town mayors to cancel 'window hours', allowing residents to check on their homes and livestock amid the possible "hazardous explosive eruption" that may happen within hours or days. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
DoTr to prohibit motor taxi services
A motor taxi navigates through a main thoroughfare in Quezon City on Monday. All motor taxi ride hailing service groups like Angkas, Joy Ride and Move-It were asked to cease operations starting next week as imposed by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board- Technical Working Group. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News
Police officers dedicate 'Tala' dance to victims of Taal
Police officers from Police Regional Office-7 dance to the hit song “Tala” at the Cebu City Sports Complex during the Sinulog Festival Dance competition awarding ceremony, Monday. The group expressed solidarity with the people of Batangas who were recently impacted by the Taal Volcano eruption. Alren Beronio, ABS-CBN News
Sprucing up for Chinese New Year
A staff member hangs decoration for a lantern arch at a park ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Beijing on Monday. China reported a rise in the number of people infected with a new strain of coronavirus, including infections in Beijing, fueling fears of an outbreak as millions return to their hometowns to celebrate the Lunar New Year. China Daily via Reuters
Serving a different purpose
A woman organizes her belongings as a child waits at the Alfonso Central School which serves as an evacuation center in Alfonso, Cavite, on Monday. A teachers' group called for separate evacuation centers so that schools can still be used by students during calamities.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones also recently called for the relocation of families staying in schools to other evacuation sites as classes have to resume to make up for lost school days. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News