Makati, Philippines – January 13, 2020 Companies across the Ayala group are driving efforts together with concerned LGUs to help provide urgent relief efforts amidst the eruption of Taal Volcano, which started in the afternoon of January 12, 2020.
Manila Water and its other operating units in Laguna and Batangas, in cooperation with Batangas Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), has sent a convoy of 30 water tankers to various evacuation centers in Batangas, including Bolbok Provincial Sports Complex, three sites in Tanauan, and one in Sto. Tomas. Twelve tankers are allocated for these sites. Manila Water Foundation is also sending an initial 2,000 five-gallon units of bottled water.
Laguna Water, a joint venture between the Provincial Government of Laguna and Manila Water Philippine Ventures (MWPV), a wholly-owned subsidiary of MWC, has also preemptively evacuated its employees from Silang to its Nuvali Office as of 7:35pm on January 12, 2020.
Ayala Land (ALI) has announced that all Ayala Malls in Metro Manila and Calabarzon have extended the waived overnight parking fee and free WiFi connection on January 13, 2020 to help customers whose vehicles might be affected by the ash fall from Taal Volcano and may need internet connection.
In Ayala Malls Solenad, the cinema building ground floor is open to any customers who are in need of shelter and charging stations.
Meanwhile, Globe Telecom network is up and running at full capacity in all affected areas.
In anticipation of possible adverse health effects related to the Taal eruption, AC Health’s Generika drugstore and FamilyDOC clinics are on high alert to provide medicine, medical supplies, first-aid, and medical consultation. Adverse health effects may include exacerbations of respiratory and skin diseases and eye irritation, among others. Ash fall may also increase the risk of accidents. AC Health reminds the public to remain indoors as much as possible.
More relief efforts are underway as the Ayala group continues to work with relevant LGUs to meet the immediate needs of the affected communities.