Three days after the eruption of Taal Volcano, an overwhelming amount of support from government offices and private sectors has reached the affected areas in Batangas. As of this writing, relief operations headed by various organizations are currently taking place. One of these is RED Sports, a sporting event company under the umbrella of RED Entertainment Inc.
Today, January 15, RED Sports Operations Head Ms. Alexandra Faith Garcia spearheaded the relief drive to affected communities with over 40,000 individuals from Batangas and Cavite, disaster response officials reported. Together with RED Entertainment’s executives —Founder & CEO Richie de Quina, Sales Manager John Carlo Bulosan, Operations Manager Jayroh La Guardia, Sales and Marketing Officer Mhiko Capiral — they visited an evacuation center in Tagaytay and donated relief items.
RED Sports also provided old race singlets from their past running events under #Run4UrLife Series, in which evacuees can use as clothing.
In an interview with Ms. Garcia, she disclosed how heartbreaking to see people, especially children struggling to survive amid this kind of calamity. Moreover, she hopes that more organization will extend their help to affected communities.
“Witnessing our kababayans struggling, especially the kids, really broke my heart. We, at RED Sports, hope that more people will extend their help,” she said.
Those affected by the Taal Volcano eruption need the following items:
- Face masks
- Bottled water
- Sleeping mats, blankets, towels
- Hygiene kits, such as toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, sanitary napkins, diapers
- Canned goods, biscuits, noodles and other ready-to-eat meals
- Clean and decent clothes
Taal Volcano, the Philippines’ second most active volcano located south of Metro Manila in Batangas. It erupted Sunday afternoon and has remained active for four days.
In fact, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has ordered total evacuation of residents in high-risk areas within a 14-kilometer radius from the volcano’s main crater.