7 mayors unite to help Taal volcano victims


A bird’s eye view of roofs of houses covered with mud, as Taal volcano erupts in Laurel town, Batangas province south of Manila on January 15, 2020. Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP

LUCENA CITY –– Seven local chief executives from different parts of the country have bonded together to help Taal volcano eruption victims.

Mayor Webster Letargo from Gumaca town in Quezon province said their group has decided to help the throng of evacuees from several affected towns of Batangas province now being attended by the municipal government of Alfonso, Cavite.


He said Alfonso Mayor Randy Salamat belongs to their group of municipal and city mayors who became friends during the seminar training course at the University of the Philippines – National College for Public Administration and Governance before they assumed office after their election last year.

He said that aside from Letargo and Salamat, the other group members are Mayors Arth Bryan Celeste of Alaminos City, Pangasinan; Nerivie Santos Martinez of Talavera, Nueva Ecija; Trina Andres of Rizal, Nueva Ecija; Sancho Fernando “Ando” Oaminal of Ozamiz City; and Carla
Galvez-Tan of San Ildefonso, Bulacan.


“When we learned that Mayor Salamat was taking care of evacuees, the group members immediately contacted each other and mapped out plans to also help the refugees,” Letargo said.

The group tagged their project as “Operation Taal (Tulong, Agapay, Aksyon, Lingap).”

Letargo said each member of the group pledged to bring face masks, bottled water, blankets, mattresses, hygiene kits, ready-to-eat food (canned goods), milk, and diapers.

“We also intend to bring toys for the kids to help them forget the tragedy,” he said.

Letargo went to Alfonso Wednesday (Jan. 15) to bring the donations from the local government and people of Gumaca.

He said the group members would also bring the donations from their respective constituents.

Edited by Lzb

Inquirer calls for support for the victims of Taal volcano eruption

Responding to appeals for help, the Inquirer is extending its relief to the families affected by the recent eruption of Taal volcano.

Cash donations may be deposited in the Inquirer Foundation Corp. Banco De Oro (BDO) Current Account No: 007960018860.

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