In order to empower the people displaced by the Taal Volcano eruption and ensure that they remain productive even while they are at evacuation centers, the BatStateU Extension Services Office (ESO) launched Bangon Batangas: A BatStateU Intervention Program for the Victims of Taal Volcano Eruption, January 21, 2020.
The program comprises several projects, each one facilitated by specific colleges. The College of Accountancy, Business, Economics and International Hospitality Management (CABEIHM) and the College of Industrial Technology (CIT) provide trainings and livelihood opportunities to the evacuees. CABEIHM also organizes job orientation and financial literacy seminars.
The College of Teacher Education (CTE) conducts remedial classes for the youth and kids, and provides free haircut, massage, manicure and pedicure to the victims. They also underwent training on providing child-friendly spaces, and have planned ways on applying this in the evacuation center. For its part, the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences (CONAHS) conducts a seminar series on infectious disease prevention, on lactation, and on HIV/AIDS. CONAHS also regularly assesses the health and nutrition of the evacuees to provide proper interventions.
On the other hand, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) spearheads Project Kandili: A psychological first aid and psychosocial support system intervention for the victims, where faculty and student volunteers provide emotional support to mitigate the effects of trauma caused by the eruption. CAS also offers trainings on disaster preparedness and response and basic life support.
The College of Engineering, Architecture and Fine Arts (CEAFA) has volunteered the services of its engineering faculty in the rapid damage assessment of various infrastructure in the province that may have been affected by the volcanic eruption, while the College of Informatics and Computing Sciences (CICS) takes the lead in the development of a database of the families displaced by the disaster.
Assoc. Prof. Armando Mendoza, Jr., Director for Extension Services, takes the lead role in ensuring the success of the program not only in the evacuation centers operated by the university but in other evacuation sites as well.