Bauan, Batangas—Ayala Foundation, together with partners from local communities and the business sector, has started its relief initiatives for families affected and displaced by the eruption of Taal Volcano.
Ayala Foundation’s partners and volunteers came together on January 16 to provide nutritious meals, hygiene kits, water, and other relief items for families evacuated from affected areas in Agoncillo, Lemery, and Taal, Batangas.
#MagitingNaGuro in action. CENTEX Batangas teachers, parents, and community volunteers provided aid and assistance to their fellow Batangueños in West Bauan Central School.
Volunteers from Ayala Foundation’s CENTEX education program in Batangas, as well as representatives from the Ayala group, provided meals for families staying at the Bauan Central School, West Bauan Elementary School, and Manghinao Uno Elementary School, all in Bauan, Batangas. Ayala Foundation also partnered with GMA Kapuso Foundation for the distribution of relief items, including hygiene kits, food, and water, to evacuees staying at Alagao Elementary School and Inicbulan Elementary School, also in Bauan, Batangas. Manila Water Foundation also provided drinking water for affected families.
There will be five stops for relief operations led by Ayala Foundation on January 16. Community volunteers, Ayala group representatives, and the Kapuso foundation also joined the on-ground initiatives.
“We at the Ayala group join the rest of the nation in praying for and helping the families and communities affected by the Taal eruption,” said Ayala Foundation President Ruel Maranan. “We will continue to work with national and local government agencies to be responsive to the actual needs of our fellow Filipinos during these challenging times.”
Families from different Taal eruption-affected municipalities lined up early to receive packed meals.
As soon as the imminent eruption of Taal Volcano hit the news, the Ayala group deployed its resources to help affected communities in Batangas and Cavite.
Manila Water dispatched water tankers from its Quezon City headquarters to provide clean water for evacuees. The tankers, regularly refilled by Laguna Water, are stationed near evacuation centers.
Families in Alagao Malindig Elementary School received 5-gallon water bottles and hygiene kits from Manila Water and Kapuso Foundation. This newly-opened evacuation site is the temporary home of evacuees from Taal and Lemery, two municipalities inside the danger zone.
Globe Telecom set up Libreng Tawag and Charging Centers in different Cavite barangays, and is ready to set up more call and charging stations, as needed.
More relief initiatives are being organized by Ayala Foundation in the coming weeks.