WALANG PASOK: Malacañang suspends classes, gov't work in NCR, Calabarzon, Region 3

    MANILA, Philippines – The Malacañang Palace has directed the suspension of classes in all levels and work in government in the affected areas of Calabarzon, the National Capital Region and Region 3 today, January 13, 2020.
    WALANG PASOK: Malacañang suspends classes, gov't work in NCR, Calabarzon, Region 3

    Huge ash and smoke plume coming from the Taal Volcano. Photo credit: Dante Pamintuan

    This is in view of the phreatic eruption of the Taal Volcano, as reported by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), as well as of the recommendation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

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    "The suspension of work does not apply to frontline response agencies involved in disaster response, delivery of basic and health service, and/or other vital services," the statement from Salvador S. Panelo, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Presidential Spokesperson added.

    Meanwhile, the Office of the President highly encourages the private sector to suspend work for the safety of their employees.

    The Palace advises those near the crater and directly affected by the phreatic activity to cooperate with government response teams, while asks the rest of the public to stay safe by remaining vigilant and updated through monitoring official advisories and notices of pertinent agencies of the government.

    Phivolcs on Sunday raised the alert status of Taal from Alert Level 3 (magmatic unrest) to Level 4 (hazardous eruption imminent). This means that hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days.

    As of 5:30 p.m., eruptive activity at the volcano's main crater intensified as continuous eruption generated a tall 10-15 kilometer steam-laden tephra column with frequent volcanic lightning that rained wet ashfall on the general north as far as Quezon City.

    Volcanic earthquake activity has been observed from Taal since March 26, 2019, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said. The active volcano last erupted in 1977.

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