Following the catastrophic phreatic explosion of Taal volcano on Sunday, January 12 severely affecting thousands of Batangas residents, the province of Cavite opened its doors to displaced families fleeing for safety. Although also affected by the heavy ashfall coming from the volcano, several LGUs in Cavite, initially Tagaytay City, the towns of Alfonso, Mendez, Amadeo and Gen. Aguinaldo offered temporary shelter and care to families coming from the affected areas in Batangas. As waves of evacuees continue to come in, other LGUs have also provided shelter and help to affected families.
The Provincial Government of Cavite on January 13, 2020 organized and facilitated the distribution of E-Balde to families in evacuation centers and temporary shelters of LGUS where the displaced Batangas residents are located. Each E-Balde consists of a hygiene kit (bath soap, shampoo, alcohol, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, underwear, face towel, sanitary napkin, dishwashing liquid, detergent soap, sponge), 2 sardines, mosquito net, blanket, bath towel and water dipper all packed in a water pail.
Leading the distribution of relief assistance were the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office and the Provincial Government-Environment and Natural Resources Office with the support of other departments of the PGC. A total of 361 E-Balde were delivered in Tagaytay City while 432 were distributed in Alfonso. Fourteen (14) were delivered in the municipality of Mendez, 58 in Amadeo, and 100 in the town of Gen. Aguinaldo. Another batch of E-Balde were distributed on January 14 wherein 80 were delivered in the municipality of Maragondon, 10 in Ternate, 280 in Magallanes plus additional 25 E-Balde in Gen. Aguinaldo and 56 in Alfonso.
The provincial and other local disaster risks reduction and management offices of the different LGUs in Cavite also extended the necessary support from the onset of the explosion conducting rescue operations, transport of evacuees and other immediate response activities. Regular coordination with LGUs and partner agencies is in place for necessary actions in the face of the recent adversity.
Relief operations are still ongoing as more evacuees are coming in to nearby municipalities. In a meeting with the heads of different departments of the provincial government, Governor Jonvic Remulla ordered the continuous monitoring of the situation as well as the condition of evacuees to be able to provide for their immediate needs. He stressed that in light of the disaster, Cavite will not turn its back on anyone and provide whatever it can for those affected.
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan also convened in a special session and passed SP Resolution No. 1389-2020 declaring the province of Cavite under State of Calamity and facilitating the release of Php 15M worth of quick response fund.