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Residents of Taal Island Will Be Relocated to Ibaan Town in Batangas

Residents of Taal Volcano Island-a permanent danger zone-will be relocated to Ibaan towns in Batangas for their safety, according to the provincial government.

Residents of Taal
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According to Batangas Vice Governor Mark Leviste, the island’s residents, about 10,000, will be relocated to the town of Ibaan as a residence on Taal island will not be allowed, as GMA News reported.

“Hindi na po pwedeng balikan ang Taal Volcano Island. Mayroon tayong 10,000 residents who used to live on the volcano island, sila po ang ating unang priority,” said the vice governor in an interview.

Two facilities in Ibaan are being looked at by the local government of Batangas which may include former residents of the island and evacuees who are temporarily taking refuge in schools.

“’Yung una ay lugar ng National Housing Authority (NHA) kung saan may mahigit-kumulang 1,000 bahay na. Dito natin ililipat ang mga taga-pulo,” he added.

The second is a facility designed to serve as a rehabilitation center. This may include evacuees occupying classrooms.

Residents of Taal
Image Source: Batangas PIO

Human Settlements and Urban Development Secretary Eduardo del Rosario said the government is currently working on infrastructure at the NHA housing project in Ibaan to provide access to water and electricity available to residents to move there.

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