The Catholic Archdiocese of Lipa is currently assessing the needs of families who are affected by the eruption of Taal volcano over the weekend.
“May mga ahensya at iba’t ibang grupo na ang nakikipag-coordinate sa aming opisina pagdating sa ating possible responses sa ating Taal Volcano evacuees,” said Father Jayson Siapco, social action director of the diocese.
The priest said a team has been assessing the situation on the ground while they continue to monitor the situation of the volcano.
He said the affected families immediately need N95 masks, food, water, medicines, hygiene kits, and diapers for children.
On Monday, authorities said at least 1,228 families or 4,143 individuals were still taking shelter in evacuation centers as Alert Level 3 is still in effect over Taal Volcano.
The Philippine National Police said eight barangays in Batangas have been evacuated as of Monday: Banyaga and Bilibinwang in Agoncillo; Buso-Buso, Gulod, and Bugaan East in Laurel; Palsara in Balete; Quilling in Talisay and Don Juan in Cuenca.
The National Police has already deployed over 100 police officers to help maintain peace and order in the area.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology on Saturday raised the alert level over Taal Volcano from 2 to 3 following a phreatomagmatic eruption at the main crater.