Natural disasters always have great potential to affect our country and its citizens. As Taal Volcano began spewing ash and plumes of smoke, many branches of government, transportation sectors, and even private companies have stepped up to ensure the safety of the people, and the ease of travel around the affected areas.

As of posting, the MMDA has already suspended the Number Coding Scheme tomorrow, January 13. Vehicles with license plate numbers ending in 1 and 2 can freely use all of Metro Manila’s thoroughfares tomorrow without fear of being apprehended.

If travel is not necessary, please stay home even if the number coding scheme is suspended.

Air travel has likewise been affected as flights in-and-outbound of Manila (MNL) have been postponed, while most have been canceled. With ash clouds extending their span across the island of Luzon, limited visibility at best, prompting the holding of flights. Flights in and out of Clark (CRK) have likewise been canceled as of 12:30 AM, January 13.

Government work, classes in all levels for both public and private schools in affected areas in Calabarzon, National Capital Region (NCR), and Region III have also been canceled. This will greatly lessen the number of vehicles on public roads, affected by the ash fall, and giving greater safety by keeping citizens indoors.

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Evacuation efforts are also in full swing, especially in the vicinity around Taal Volcano. With hundreds of vehicles caught in gridlock, some shopping malls/centers have decided to provide shelter and free parking for those who may need a place to wait out the 'storm' or to simply seek refuge before evacuating further.

The PITX is also allowing motorists to take shelter for free tonight until 6:00 AM, January 13.

A Level 4 alert has been raised by PHIVOLCS since 7:30 PM tonight; Level 4 means that a hazardous eruption is imminent. This has prompted the aforementioned evacuation from areas within a 14-kilometer radius from Taal’s main crater.

We wish all our fellow countrymen safe passage and deliverance from what could be one of the biggest natural disasters our country may face.