FLOOD UPDATES: Thousands evacuated in Marikina

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned in a bulletin at 11 am that rain would persist in parts of Luzon in the next 24 hours, as the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council ordered preemptive evacuation of thousands of residents of Marikina City.

The weather bureau said that rain on Saturday, July 24, brought by the southwest monsoon was heaviest in Zambales and Bataan and in the regions of Metro Manila, Ilocos, Cordillera, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and Mimaropa.

Palace monitoring situation in areas hit by heavy monsoon rains

 July 24, 2021

MANILA – Malacañang on Saturday said it is closely monitoring the situation in the country as heavy monsoon rains continue to drench parts of Luzon.“We are closely monitoring the weather situation, especially flood-prone and landslide-prone areas, where heavy rainfall warning… Read More

Forced evacuation as Marikina River water level rises

 July 24, 2021

MANILA – About 3,077 families living in communities near the Marikina River have been evacuated as its water level continued to rise due to the heavy monsoon rains, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Saturday.In a message to reporters, Mark Cashean… Read More

PHIVOLCS WARNS: ‘Explosive’ Taal eruption could be coming

 The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) appealed yesterday to residents living within the seven-kilometer danger zone of Taal Volcano not to return to their homes yet due to the threat of “explosive eruptions.”

Phivolcs warns of �explosive� Taal eruption

“We need to observe Taal Volcano’s activities. In case there will be a downward trend, we have to wait for two weeks to make sure that it’s already safe to return and to lower its status,” Science Undersecretary and Phivolcs officer-in-charge Renato Solidum Jr. said in an interview with Teleradyo.

While there is presently no indication of a bigger eruption, Solidum reminded the public to “be vigilant, because magma is rising.”

On Thursday, Phivolcs raised the alert level of Taal from 2 (increased unrest) to 3 (magmatic unrest) as it reminded the public to avoid entering Taal Volcano island and the high-risk barangays of Agoncillo and Laurel in Batangas.

Phivolcs also issued an evacuation advisory covering the barangays of Banyaga and Bilibinwang in Agoncillo, and the barangays of Gulod, Boso-boso and Lakeshore Bugaan East in Laurel town. Affected areas also include Poblacion, and Sinturisan in San Nicolas, Subic Ilaya in Agoncillo, Apacay, Taal, Boot in Tanauan City and San Sebastian in Balete.

VOLCANO ALERT: Taal forced evacuation starts

Residents of 13 Batangas barangays evacuate due to Taal unrest

 July 2, 2021

MANILA – Residents of 13 barangays near the Taal Volcano in Batangas have started to evacuate due to the volcano’s unrest, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Friday said.Mark Cashean Timbal, NDRRMC deputy spokesperson, said the barangays from six towns are… Read More

VOLCANO ALERT: Taal under tight watch

Phreatomagmatic eruption prompts Phivolcs to raise alert level status

Palace closely monitoring Taal Volcano amid unrest

 July 2, 2021

MANILA–Malacañang assured the public on Friday that it is closely monitoring Taal Volcano, a day after its main crater generated a short-lived dark phreatomagmatic plume that rose 1 km. high.

“We are closely monitoring the situation in Taal after the phreatomagmatic eruptions that… Read More

Cops to oversee safety protocols in Taal-affected areas

 July 2, 2021

MANILA – Police units have been ordered to coordinate with local officials on how minimum health safety protocols would be observed inside evacuation centers in Batangas towns affected by the Taal Volcano unrest.Philippine National Police chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said on Friday there… Read More

We are closely monitoring the situation in Taal after the phreatomagmatic eruptions that… Read More

4 phreatomagmatic bursts recorded in Taal

 July 2, 2021

MANILA – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has so far recorded four short phreatomagmatic bursts in the Taal Volcano since it was placed under Alert Level 3 (magmatic unrest).In a bulletin Friday, Phivolcs said phreatomagmatic bursts happened at 6:26 p.m., 7:21… Read More


Military assets deployed to aid towns near Taal Volcano

 July 2, 2021

MANILA – Military personnel, vehicles and equipment have been deployed to assist in several Batangas towns affected by Taal Volcano’s unrest, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Friday.AFP spokesperson Marine Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said two military trucks come from the 2nd… Read More

VOLCANO ALERT: Phivolcs recommends Taal volcano evacuation

Taal now on Alert Level 3

 July 1, 2021

MANILA–The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has recommended complete evacuation in some parts of Agoncillo and Laurel, Batangas, as Alert Level 3 (magmatic unrest) for Taal Volcano was raised Thursday afternoon. In a press briefing, Phivolcs chief of volcano… Read More

VOLCANO ALERT: PNP prepares evac plan vs. Taal Volcano eruption

Calabarzon cops alerted over Taal’s continued unrest

 July 1, 2021

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday has placed all of its units in the Calabarzon region on alert to assist in the possible evacuation of residents near and in the surrounding areas of Taal Volcano which continues to emit sulfur dioxide (SO2).In a statement, PNP chief,… Read More

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Solidum says haze in NCR due to Taal, ‘human activities’

 June 30, 2021, 6:50 pm

MANILA – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) acknowledged on Wednesday that the Taal volcanic smog (vog) has reached Metro Manila and nearby provinces, aside from “human activities” that contributed to the haze observed in these areas. On Tuesday,… Read More

Manila warns residents smog may worsen underlying conditions

 June 29, 2021, 8:19 pm

MANILA – The prevailing thick smog observed in Manila on Tuesday is risky, especially to the elderly, children, and those with underlying conditions.The Manila Department of Public Service (DPS) said based on their air quality monitoring, the smog was primarily caused by pollution from mobile… Read More

Volcanic smog continues over Taal

 June 29, 2021, 6:30 pm

MANILA – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Tuesday afternoon said a continued volcanic smog (vog) has been observed over the Taal Volcano’s caldera, as it also received reports of ill effects from residents around the area. If volcanic smog… Read More

Haze in Metro Manila not from Taal: Solidum

 June 29, 2021, 4:49 pm

MANILA – Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Director Renato Solidum Jr. clarified on Tuesday that the apparent haze seen in some parts of Metro Manila is not from Taal Volcano. In an interview with the Philippine News Agency, Solidum said the haze was… Read More

Residents with health problems warned vs. Taal volcanic smog

 June 28, 2021, 2:39 pm

MANILA – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Monday advised residents surrounding Taal Lake to take necessary precautions should the presence of volcanic smog (vog) over Taal Volcano’s caldera continues.Vog is a type of air pollution caused by volcanoes.”It… Read More

TYPHOON UPDATE: ‘Dante’ now a tropical storm

‘Last tracked 625 kilometers east of Davao City, moving north northwest at 15 km. per hour

 May 31, 2021

MANILA – Weather disturbance “Dante” has intensified into a tropical storm (TS), and will bring rains over parts of Mindanao, the weather bureau said Monday. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 5 a.m. bulletin that “Dante” was… Read More

MT. BULUSAN UPDATE: Pilots told to avoid flying close to volcano’s summit

Phivolcs strictly bans entry into Bulusan’s 4-km danger zone

 May 14, 2021

LEGAZPI CITY– After seven months, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has again strictly prohibited entry into the four-kilometer permanent danger zone (PDZ) around Bulusan Volcano in Sorsogon after Alert Level 1 has been raised when it shook over a hundred times… Read More

TYPHOON UPDATE: Bising growing stronger

Typhoon Bising now has maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour (km/h) and gustiness of up to 215 km/h., according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 5 am bulletin on Saturday that

In a 5AM bulletin on Saturday, PAGASA said Bising was located 705 kilometers east of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, or 775 kilometers east of Maasin City, Southern Leyte.

Eastern Visayas, Caraga, and the Davao Region will experience scattered rain showers and thunderstorms due to Typhoon Bising, the weather bureau said Friday afternoon.”Bising” was last tracked 895 kilometers east of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, moving westward at 15 km. per hour… Read More

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TYPHOON BISING UPDATE: Unlikely to make landfall

‘Bising’ enters PAR

 April 16, 2021

MANILA – The tropical cyclone that entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday has intensified into a typhoon and was given the local name ‘Bising’, the weather bureau said in its 11 a.m. update.’Bising’ is currently not directly causing severe weather over any part of the… Read More

Land, sea travel to Visayas, Mindanao suspended

MANILA – All land and sea-going vessels — including fishing vessels — headed to the Visayas and Mindanao via Matnog Port and all other ports in Bicol Region are suspended starting Friday due to the imminent threat of Typhoon Bising (international name Surigae).In an advisory… Read More