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Residents Living In Taal Volcano Ready To Leave Island For Good

TAAL VOLCANO – The residents that live in Taal Volcano said that they accept the reality that they will leave their home island, for good.

TAAL VOLCANO
NOTHING LEFT Berto Murta, 65, returns to Taal Volcano Island on Tuesday and is saddened by the sight of destruction wrought by Taal’s eruption on his community. —CHRIS QUINTANA / CONTRIBUTOR | Image from: Cebu Daily News

The residents said that they are ready to accept the painful truth that they will never return to their home.

According to Inquirer’s Cebu Daily News, the residents are willing to cooperate with whatever the government will offer to them.

“That will be very painful for us, especially for my husband who has spent his entire life living there,”

“But what can we do? We have to abide by the dictates of the government,”

President Rodrigo on Tuesday approved a recommendation to declare the volcano island a “no man’s land,” adding that relief efforts from the government were hindered by the sudden steam-driven eruption of Taal.

Department of National Defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that Dutere already backed proposals to ban people from living on the island.

“If people are allowed to return there and if there will be another explosion or violent [eruption], I think all people will perish on the island,”

PHIVOLCS (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology) also banned permanent settlement on the volcano island, hence, declaring the area a “permanent danger zone.”

As per the report, despite warnings from the government, about 4,000 residents settled on the island and managed to earn a living.

Residents Princess and Raymund, who are tour guides and grew livestock on the island, said that they were not rejecting the proposal since they doubt if they have something left to return to after the eruption.

“Our biggest loss are our animals. They have helped us go through life by augmenting the little income we derive from attending to foreign tourists,”

Daniel Cuelto, a 35-year-old fisherman said that Taal began spewing a dark column of ash, followed by continuous rumbles on the ground.

He is also open to the government’s plan to shut down the island to settlers.

“This start of the year would have been a good time to earn extra, if not for the eruption of Taal. If that is the decision, we will have to adjust,”

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