Cavite: Indonesian citizens around the Taal volcano in the Philippines are advised to be vigilant. The volcano erupted and released volcanic ash on Sunday, January 12, at around 17:30 local time.
"There are 170 Indonesian citizens who live in the Cavite area. The majority of them are students," the Indonesian Embassy in Manila in a statement received by Medcom.id.
This morning, the Indonesian Embassy Indonesian Embassy Protection Team arrived in Cavite to monitor the situation. The Indonesian Embassy in Manila coordinatedswith local authorities and provided assistance to Indonesian citizens.
"If needed, the team will evacuate the Indonesian citizens to the Indonesian Embassy in Manila," the embassy said.
The Indonesian Embassy in Manila appealed to all Indonesian citizens in Cavite and the surrounding areas to raise awareness and follow the direction of local authorities. If forced to go outside, Indonesians at Cavite are advised to use a mask or wet towel.
If they face an emergency situation, Indonesian citizens in the vicinity of Mount Taal can immediately contact the Indonesian Embassy's Manila hotline at 0917 3198470.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology notes that the last major eruption of Taal occurred in 1977.