Former senator Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr. on Friday started his relief operations for the evacuees of the Taal Volcano eruption in the town of Tuy in Batangas.
Marcos, along with supporters from Tulong Taal and Tuy officials, distributed relief packs to more than 1,500 evacuees located in seven barangay (villages) of the town.
He visited the villages of Luntal, Lumbangan, Talon, Palincaro, Malibu, Dao and Guinhawa with Mayor Armando Afable and Vice Mayor Jose Jecerell Cerrado.
The packs contained an N95 facemask, instant noodles, bottled water, blanket and personal hygiene kits. Marcos also donated clothes.
“The government’s response to the crisis has been very good. However, we wanted to focus on those who voluntarily left and are staying in evacuation sites that have received insufficient assistance,” Marcos said.
Tuy officials said the evacuees were from the towns of Lemery, Agoncillo and Taal.
“Please use the N95 masks, especially on your children because the air quality in the surrounding areas of Taal has not fully returned to normal. We may not see it, but fine particles may still be present and trigger their asthma,” Marcos told evacuees.