Cavite to host Taal evacuees 'as long as needed': governor

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Posted at Jan 16 2020 10:01 AM

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Cavite will take care of its neighbors from Batangas province who fled from Taal Volcano's unrest for "as long as needed", even as the evacuation required millions of pesos, an official said Thursday. 

Cavite allocated an initial P15 million to feed 15,000 Batangas evacuees for a week and a half, said Governor Jonvic Remulla. 

"Hanggang kailangan po, hindi naman po natin puwedeng tanggihan ang mga kapwa Pilipino po natin," he told radio DZMM. 

"Sigurado naman ako, kung may nangyari sa Cavite, tatanggapin naman kami ng mga taga-Batangas," he added. 

(As long as needed, we cannot refuse to give shelter to our fellow Filipinos. I'm sure anyway that if something happens to Cavite, Batangas residents will also accept us.) 

Aside from the Batangas evacuees, residents in 8 barangays in Cavite's own Tagaytay City need to be moved to safer ground due to ashfall from Taal, said Remulla.

Cavite has 3 evacuation centers in Tagaytay and 4 in Alfonso town, he said. 

The province on Wednesday declared a state of calamity to tap emergency funds and impose a prize freeze on basic goods. 

DZMM, Jan. 15, 2020