Batangas residents allowed to feed livestock, check homes amid lockdown: PNP

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Posted at Jan 16 2020 10:11 AM | Updated as of Jan 16 2020 10:23 AM

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MANILA - Batangas residents are allowed to return to their homes to check on their livestock and properties for 2 hours, the province's police chief said Thursday.

At least 3 towns on Wednesday ordered a lockdown amid continued ashfall following Taal Volcano's Sunday eruption, which has prompted some 44,000 to seek refuge in evacuation centers.

Batangas Provincial Police director Col. Edwin Quilates said there is only 1 entry point and 1 exit point in every town. Residents who return to their homes need to log in their names.

"Tulong na rin sa kanila 'yan. Kasi stressful na nga, parang stress reliever sa kanila at mabawasan ang kanilang alalahanin at inisiip. Pinagbigyan po natin ang ating mga kababayan," he told radio DZMM.

(It's a form of assistance to them as it is already stressful. It's like a stress reliever to them to lessen their worries. We made allowances for them.)

"Di naman gaano kalaki 'yung crowd na bumabalik, manageable naman, kaya i-secure ng ating kapulisan."

(The crowd is manageable, our policemen are able to secure it.)

The police has also set up an anti-looting task force to assure residents that their homes are safe, Quilates said.

Meantime, the families of Batangas policemen will be transferred to Camp Miguel Malvar in Batangas City as assistance to police personnel, he added.

Taal Volcano remains under the second highest danger level, which means a "hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days," according to state seismologists.