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No letting down the people of Batangas

January 17, 2020 - Friday 4:01 AM by MDM

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In the beginning, according to Filipino mythology, there was an old man named Nuno who lived in the mountain of Taal.

It seemed people in the villages revered him and obeyed his biddings, one of which was not to plant tobacco up to a point in the mountain which he designated.

Then he disappeared. In time, the people disobeyed his wish. They planted tobacco wherever it pleased them.

One day, the mountain shook and then erupted. The tobacco patches were destroyed. The villagers learned they could not plant tobacco anymore on that part of the mountain.

Today, indications are that Taal is acting up again, and is set to erupt in one mighty explosion as it did 30 times in the past.

Ken Hon, a volcanologist of the University of Hawaii, said it is not unusual for Taal to erupt since it is one of the more active volcanoes in the world.

But “considering that the volcano erupts frequently, it will not cause catastrophic damage and it will not be a larger eruption once it eventually erupts.”

Meanwhile, it is continually spewing ash and has triggered the evacuation of thousands of people from the towns of Talisay and San Nicolas. Batangas has declared a state of calamity to enable the provincial government to access its disaster funds. All pertinent government agencies are on the alert.

President Rodrigo Duterte himself is keeping close tabs on any development or shift in the volcano’s behavior.

True to its track record, the city government of Davao has taken the lead in the shipment of relief goods consisting mainly of food backs to Batangas. It has also let the word out that it is accepting donations in the form of N95 masks, food, bottled water, blankets, mosquito nets, sleeping mats, and hygiene kits that could be rushed to Batangas. Other LGUs are following suit.

There is no letting down the people of Batangas. They have the support of the rest of their countrymen in their hour of need.

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