Lockdown is mandatory in high-risk areas

MANILA, Philippines – A lockdown has been implemented in high risk areas as a result of the dangerous and dangerous eruption of the Taal volcano in Batangas.

This means that only authorized government officials and staff can enter the town.

Brig. Gen. Marceliano “Kit” Teofilo, Taal Task Group Commander said this is to protect residents in affected areas specifically in the declared 14-km radius danger zone.

The lockdown also aims to prevent looters from looting or robbing homeless homes.

These include the towns of Talisay, Agoncillo, San Nicolas, all of which are in high risk danger zones that have been extended to the cities of Balete, Lemery and Laurel affected by severe ashfall.

According to Teofilo, some residents despite evacuation centers are still returning to their homes to check and clean their homes, get some equipment and return their lost pets.

Batangas Provincial Police Office (PPO) Director of Police Colonel Edwin Quilates said they have set up a checkpoint to block evacuees from returning.