New Jersey Filipinos raise money for victims of Taal volcano eruption

NEW JERSEY — Taal volcano remains on alert level 3 as weak steam emissions and low level earthquakes continue to be observed by experts.

The Philippine Department of Science and Technology, as well as the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, warned the public that Taal volcano could still erupt and threaten various areas.

PHIVOLCS said magmatic activity beneath the taal edifice could lead to eruptive activity at the main crater.

Taal’s continued threat and the dire conditions of many people displaced from its eruption last month have pushed these Filipino-Americans in the East Coast to continue with their fundraising efforts such as this event hosted by Filipino elected officials, Mayor Arvin Amatorio of Bergenfield and city councilmember Rolando Lavarro of Jersey City.

“That’s the bayanihan spirit, people coming together, community lifting each other up and lifting up Filipinos back home as well, never forgetting their roots,” said Lavarro.

Donors like Maria Pilar Monje said, giving back is part of the Filipino DNA.

“We have a national moral obligation also to help aside from the spirit of sharing your blessing,” she said.

The Fil-Am elected leaders in New Jersey said whatever they raise would be sent to those still staying in evacuation centers.

“Even though the volcano stopped erupting, we know that the aftermath of the calamity is still there, thousands of people are still in the evacuation centers, they don’t have communities to go back to, it affected their livelihood it affected their school system, it affected their everyday living so,” said Amatorio.

Bayanihan NJ for Taal has raised at least $9,000 for ABS-CBN foundation’s Sagip Taal program.

The Phil-Am Friendship Committee said that contributions are still being accepted by going to their website: https://www.Pafcomnj.Org/taal.

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