Children And Youths Move Out From SOS Lipa As Taal Volcano Remains On Alert Level 4


January 16, 2020 (Muntinlupa, Philippines) – Children, youths, mothers, and other co-workers from SOS Children’s Village in Lipa depart from their homes and seek temporary shelter in the children’s village in Alabang, Muntinlupa.

In response to Taal Volcano’s impending eruption, 128 individuals are being transferred to SOS Children’s Village Manila in Alabang, which is located about 70 kilometers away from Mt. Taal or about 50 kilometers away from the danger zone. 

On January 12, Taal spewed ash up to 15 kilometers high into the air. This prompted the government to raise the alert level to four, indicating a hazardous explosive eruption that may happen in a few hours or several days. The province of Batangas, including Lipa, is declared under the state of calamity.

Homes in the Lipa village have felt numerous volcanic earthquakes and experienced heavy volcanic ashfall, which contains harmful substances such as rocks, minerals, and volcanic glass particles. 

To ensure every child’s safety and wellness, the SOS families from Lipa will stay in SOS Children’s Village Manila indefinitely, until it is deemed safe to return to their homes. During their stay, all their needs shall be provided – including food, medicines, and hygiene kits.

Children are packing up their clothes and essentials as they prepare to leave their homes temporarily.

Tatay Dhon, SOS Lipa Village Director, gives a few reminders before the families set off to the Manila village.

SOS Youth Boys arriving at SOS Children's Village Manila