Scouts help evacuees after volcano eruption

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Publication date: 17th Apr 2020

Boy Scouts of the Philippines through its “BSP Humanitarian Assistance: Oplan Taal” donated clothing, toiletries, and food to the communities after the eruption of Taal Volcano on 12 January 2020. 

Two days after the eruption, the campaign was created and Scouts helped evacuees who are temporarily housed in different cities and municipalities of Batangas province, about 126 kilometers away from the capital city. Scouts brought cooked food and others cooked on-site and distributed food to the affected families.

Scouts also assisted local government units and other organizations in packing and distribution of relief goods, and setting up crowd control measures for safety and order.
BSP Secretary General Rogelio S. Villa, Jr., requested to run a survey to account Scouts that were affected by the catastrophe as more than a thousand Scouts live in the affected areas. He also said that the campaign will be a “continuing effort until the calamity has passed.” 

“This is the opportunity for Scouts to help and can make the public know that Scouts can always be relied to in times of calamities. BSP will do everything it can to provide any help, no matter how small they are, to ease the 
suffering of those who were affected,” Villa said.

The National Eagle Scouts Association of the Philippines – Rajah Sulayman Chapter together with the BSP Muntinlupa Associate Council  and ESOP Antique Chapter also provide relief assistance to the affected communities.

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