Pimentel prays for safety of affected communities by Taal eruption


Sen. Koko Pimentel (senate.com)

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Aquilino Pimentel III on Monday prayed for all the communities affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano.

“We are praying for the safety of all the communities affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano. For the residents within the vicinity of the volcano, we urge you to take heed of the directives coming from the national government agencies, particularly the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology and the Department of Health, and your local government units. Evacuate if needed and take the necessary precautions to protect you and your families’ health,” said Pimentel in a statement issued.

“Malawak na ang naging sakop ng ashfall mula sa pagsabog ng bulkan. Ang mga residente ng Laguna, Cavite, Metro Manila at iba pang lugar sa Luzon ay apektado lahat. Delikado ang volcanic ash sa ating kalusugan, partikular na sa mga may sakit na sa baga. Pinong pino ito at dala ng hangin kaya hindi natin nakikita ng basta basta. Kung kakayanin ay maglinis ng ating kapaligiran, lalo na ang mga bubungan kung saan maaaring makapal na ang naipon na volcanic ash at baka bumigay pa ang mga ito sa bigat,” he said.

Pimente said during these instances, people are reminded of the need for an agency dedicated and capable of dealing with all of the challenges brought about by natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and typhoons.

Pimentel said that they have filed Senate Bill 331 or the proposed disaster resilience act of 2019, a measure that has the backing of the President.

The bill calls for the creation of a Department of Disaster Resilience that will be the country’s lead agency on all matters related to disasters and climate change.

During times of disaster, the Department of Disaster Resilience will be tasked to undertake the necessary measures to ensure the protection of the people, including preemptive and forced evacuations.

It is also mandated to develop and implement programs on disaster risk reduction, disaster preparedness and response, and recovery and building better.

“We call on all the agencies concerned to provide the necessary assistance to the affected areas,” Pimentel said.

“We should not allow anybody to take advantage of the current difficult situation brought about by the Taal Volcano eruption by increasing the price of needed goods and materials (like face masks).

Abuses such as these, which are violations of The Price Act, can be directly reported to my office, as I am the Chairman of the Committee on Trade,” said Pimentel. (Stacy Ang/JGo/Currentph.com)

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