According to Mr. Jhey-ar O. Mangati, MMMH&MC’s Health Education and Promotions Officer, a total of seven (7) personnel from MMMH&MC were deployed together with the ERT’s from Region 1 Medical Center of Dagupan City and Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center of San Fernando City, La Union. The teams, who are deployed for two (2) weeks, are expected to oversee and provide medical assistance in evacuation areas which are stationed at San Jose, Batangas in the first week and at Lipa City, Batangas in the second week.

Mangati further emphasized that the personnel who were deployed shall not only be looking after the physical conditions of those affected by the disaster but also on their mental and psychosocial needs.

Meanwhile, Dr. Otayza emphasized that the employees of MMMH&MC was able to raise cash which was given as financial assistance to Batangas Medical Center. 

Citing the resilience of close familial ties among Filipinos, Dr. Otayza upheld that the communities affected by the eruption in Batangas shall be able to survive the challenges and damage as a result of the disaster.

“Filipinos are family and we help one another in any way we can, from wherever we are, no matter the distance we keep them in our prayer every day,” added Dr. Otayza who further thanked the volunteers and emergency teams from DOH for their sacrifices.

As of this writing, Taal Volcano eruption has entered its fourth week and maintained Alert Level 3 wherein still thousands of residents are encouraged to stay out of areas that are considered as danger zones. 

In its 8:00 A.M. bulletin on February 4, Phivolcs said the Taal volcano in the past 24 hours has weak emission of steam-laden plumes 50 to 500 meters tall that drifted southwest. They also recorded two hundred twenty-three (223) volcanic earthquakes including eight (8) low-frequency events and one (1) harmonic tremor. The earthquakes signify magmatic activity beneath the Taal edifice that could lead to eruptive activity.