Some 2,000 people have been evacuated from the danger zone around Taal Volcano as it continued to emit high amounts of sulfur dioxide. 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said 1,200 families were affected by the volcanic activity, some of them remaining in evacuation areas and others opting to join relatives in nearby towns.

“Mula sa nabanggit na bilang, may estimated 500 families or 2,000 individuals ang nasa evacuation centers,” Social Welfare Undersecretary Felicisimo Budiongan said in the Laging Handa government briefing on July 5. 

Two villages in Agoncillo town in Batangas were declared as no man’s lands as Taal Volcano remained restive. 

DSWD said the evacuees could be fed for seven days, but more resources had been pre-positioned in case local governments needed food supplies from the national government. Dominic Emanuel Apolona