Batangas State University activates ICS; provides shelter to 1,380 evacuees

Batangas State University President Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo activated the university’s Incident Command System (ICS) immediately after the phreatic eruption of Taal Volcano in the afternoon of January 12, 2020.

Members of the Incident Management Teams (IMTs) of four BatStateU campuses – Pablo Borbon Main I, ARASOF Nasugbu, JPLPC Malvar, and Lemery campus – immediately reported to their respective Incident Commanders for proper deployment.

The IMTs primarily facilitate the operation of their respective campuses’ Emergency Operations Center (EOC, serving as the command post), Relief Operations Center (ROC, facilitating the receipt, storage, and dispatch of goods and supplies), and Evacuation Center (EC).

As of this writing, the university houses 343 families or 1,380 individuals displaced by the eruption, with 92 families at the Main Campus I, 84 at Nasugbu campus, and 167 families at Malvar campus. When the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) raised Alert Level 4, BatStateU Lemery campus could not serve as an EC anymore because Lemery is within the 14-km danger zone.

The IMTs of the three campuses meet daily to provide updates and address emerging concerns to ensure efficiency in the 24/7 operations of the Emergency Operations Center and the Evacuation Centers.