The Makati City government is sending its disaster response vehicles and equipment to Bauan, Batangas to assist thousands of evacuees from localities affected by the ongoing eruption of Taal Volcano.
Mayor Abigail Binay said she ordered the deployment of one supertanker, two penetrator fire trucks, water filtration system, mobile shower, vacuum tanker, gensets, mobile kitchen and jerry cans to help the national government and private volunteers in the massive operation to evacuate affected families.
Some 1,000 sleeping mats will also be sent as Mayor Binay’s personal donation to the victims.
“We are mobilizing vital equipment to address the urgent needs of thousands of families displaced by the sudden eruption of Taal Volcano. The ordeal of evacuees from identified danger zones in Laguna and Batangas is far from over, and we would like to help ease their suffering by giving them access to potable water and power supply, among other necessities,” Binay said.
The city chief executive said the super tanker, which has a water storage capacity equivalent to the load of eight fire trucks, will be used to carry water that will pass through the city-provided water filtration system, in order to provide potable water supply to the evacuees.
The mobile kitchen, on the other hand, is ideal for mass food production as it allows for the preparation of at least 800 meals per operation. With its weather protection features and built-in chimney, it also ensures food safety and quality, Binay added.
The city government is also sending its mobile shower facility that provides needed privacy for residents while taking a decent shower. Also to be deployed is a vacuum tanker that will be used to collect sludge from the mobile shower.
On the mayor’s orders, the Makati Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has designated a composite team to handle the transport of vehicles and equipment to the town of Bauan in Batangas, and duly coordinate with the concerned DRRM Councils on the target location.