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Emergency Response to Taal Volcano Eruption in the Philippines
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Emergency Response to Taal Volcano Eruption in the Philippines: Mobilization Decided

25th March 2020 14:41

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On 19th March, Japan Platform (JPF) decided to deliver educational assistance to children affected by the Taal Volcano eruption in January that resulted in their schools’ destructions and damages.

Due to the eruption of the Taal Volcano on Luzon island, Philippines, on 13th January, regions around the volcano were covered with heavy ashfall. The damages were significant, with about 190,000 households (or around 730,000 people) affected.

In mid-January, immediately after the eruption, JPF member NGO International Children’s Action Network (ICAN) began its emergency initial assessment, given that relief items have not reached some affected areas, especially in the suburbs. ICAN conducted needs assessment with people affected by the eruption and also distributed emergency relief items.

While municipal governments in affected regions are functioning normally and food assistance is provided by local governments, schools in Batangas Province have no other choice but to hold classes for the children outside of their regular classrooms due to the ashfall destroying and damaging school buildings.

There are no expectations that repairs to the school buildings would be completed before the new school term begins in June, and not nearly enough educational assistance has been provided besides school supplies delivery. Additionally, local residents who have lost their jobs in livestock farming and fishing have given up on sending their children to school as they can no longer afford to do so.

Given these conditions, JPF has decided to launch our response in educational assistance so that the children in the areas affected by the volcanic eruption can get an education in an appropriate environment. As part of this response, we will be considering the construction of temporary learning spaces (TLS).

We will be posting regular updates on this response on the JPF website and our Facebook page.

On 19th March, Japan Platform (JPF) decided to provide educational assistance to children affected by the Taal Volcano eruption in January that resulted in their schools' destructions and damages.

<Overview>

  • Due to the eruption of the Taal Volcano on Luzon island, Philippines, on 13th January, the four provinces in the vicinity of the volcano (Batangas, Quezon, Laguna, and Cavite) were covered with heavy ashfall. About 190,000 households (or around 730,000 people) were affected by this eruption, with about 4,000 people evacuated into shelters and an additional 54,000 displaced from their homes into other accommodations*.
  • In mid-January, immediately after the eruption, JPF member NGO International Children's Action Network (ICAN) began its emergency initial assessment, given that relief items have not reached some affected areas, especially in the suburbs. ICAN conducted needs assessment with people affected by the eruption in the municipalities of Agoncilio and Taisay in Batangas Province, where damages were considered severest, and also distributed emergency relief items.
  • While municipal governments in affected regions are functioning normally and food assistance is provided by local governments, schools in Batangas Province have no other choice but to hold classes for the children outside of their regular classrooms due to the ashfall destroying and damaging school buildings. There are no expectations that repairs to schools would be completed before the new school term begins in June, and not nearly enough educational assistance has been provided besides delivery of school supplies. Additionally, local residents who have lost their jobs in livestock farming and fishing have given up on sending their children to school as they can no longer afford to do so.
  • Given these conditions, JPF has decided to launch our response in educational assistance so that the children in the areas affected by the volcanic eruption can get an education in an appropriate environment. As part of this response, we will be considering the construction of temporary learning spaces (TLS).

In cooperation with local governments and our member NGOs, JPF will deliver assistance that meets the local needs. We will be posting regular updates on this response on the JPF website and our Facebook page.

*National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) of the Philippines, Situational Report No.87 re Taal Volcano Eruption, 6 March 2020

Program Overview

Term 3 months
Budget 20 million yen (Government Subsidies)
Location Luzon Island, Philippines
Organization International Children's Action Network (ICAN)