LAOAG CITY, Jan. 17 (PIA) -- "The North answers the call."
This line was posted in the official social media page of the provincial government of Ilocos Norte as it sends a truckload of relief packages for the evacuees in Batangas after the Taal Volcano phreatic eruption on Wednesday, three days after the incident.
The wing van is filled with canned goods, bottled water, sleeping mats, N95 face masks, and other relief items for the victims greatly affected.
Aside from the relief packs, the provincial government also sent financial assistance to the Provincial Government of Batangas to aid the effort.
"Let us engulf ourselves the true Ilokano spirit of timpuyog and ayat (unity and love), as we overcome this challenge together in this dire moment. The Ilokanos are with you, Barako," Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc said in his official page as he ordered the distribution of relief items in Batangas.
Aside from the provincial government, a collective effort from the local government and private individuals in Ilocos Norte have also extended their help for the Taal eruption victims.
The municipal government of Piddig has set up drop boxes at the municipal lobby. These drop boxes are intended to accept donations such as water, food, clothing, and personal essentials until Jan. 21.
Moreover, the Provincial Veterinary Office calls for assistance in the relief efforts for the animal industry which was severely affected due to the phreatic eruption.
According to the Taal Volcano Bulletin issued by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology on Jan 17, Alert Level 4 still remains in effect over Taal Volcano.
"This means that hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days. Residents around Taal volcano are advised to guard against the effects of heavy and prolonged ashfall," the bulletin said. (JCR/JNPD/MJTAB PIA Ilocos Norte)