On 12 January, alert level-4 (hazardous eruption imminent) was raised over Taal Volcano located in the CALABARZON region 70 km south of the capital Manila. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the alert level a few hours after it raised the alert to level-3 on the evening of 12 January. According to PHIVOLCS, Taal Volcano entered a period of unrest beginning with phreatic or steam-driven activity in several points inside the main crater that then progressed into a magmatic eruption at 2:49 a.m. local time on 13 January. This magmatic eruption is characterized by weak lava fountaining accompanied by thunder and flashes of lightning. Seismic activity was also recorded in Tagaytay City, Cabuyao, Laguna, Talisay, Alitagtag, Lemery and Bauan, Batangas, with over 75 volcanic earthquakes felt at an intensity ranging from II to V as of 5 a,m. that morning.
The Batangas Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) put almost 15 areas in lockdown status. More than 10 municipalities were in total lockdown. The report shows that over 346,000 people have been affected by the Taal Volcano eruption. Approximately 137,500 people were displaced and stayed throughout almost 490 evacuation centers. Approximately $63 million USD worth of damage has impacted on the Agricultural sector. while almost 80 schools have been abandoned due to the eruption.
Nearly a month after the Taal Volcano eruption, over 235,000 people continue to be displaced, with a majority staying with host families and more than 24,000 people in evacuation centers in the Calabarzon Region. While authorities continue to validate the extent of damage, it is becoming clear that heavy ashfall and frequent earthquakes during the eruption damaged over 2,300 houses in Batangas province and caused an estimated US$66.7 million worth of damage to infrastructure to agriculture. The Government is planning to relocate an estimated 5,000 families (25,000 people) from at-risk areas within the 7-km radius of the volcano’s crater which has been identified as a permanent danger zone. Alert-level 3 (out of 5) remains in effect over the volcano and sudden steam-driven and even weak phreatomagmatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, ashfall, and lethal volcanic gas expulsions can still occur and threaten nearby areas
Given the magnitude of the effects brought by the eruption of Taal Volcano, OCD has expressed to again utilize the iPDNA application to capitalize on rapid assessment methodology to speed up the pace of the PDNAs which will require a more efficient way to be handled to shorten the time of a comprehensive response and pave the way for swift recovery and rehabilitation planning. UNDP can provide such support having deployed the same for the selected Municipalities in Albay affected by Typhoon Kammuri last December 2020.
Given the above, the UNDP will support the conduct of PDNA through the deployment of the iPDNA application that will pave the way for the formulation of a long-term rehabilitation plan of government, and also identify specific entry points for UNDP to support the early recovery efforts.
This forms part of the overall Early Recovery Programme of UNDP CO. It is envisioned that the iPDNA Field Coordinator under the Climate Action Team will be engaged to facilitate the objectives of the project.
The Outcome Lead for Climate Action shall directly supervise the iPDNA Coordinator. The Consultant is expected to liaise/interact/collaborate/meet with different Government institutions in Batangas (OCD IVA, NEDA), Local Government Units and Schools and UNDP.
Duration of Work
The target date for the start of work is 60 working days spread over four (4) months.
The coordinator will be deployed in Batangas for the conduct of the iPDNA training, a system set up and field data gathering to report writing.
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Travel outside Manila will be shouldered by UNDP Project.
- First Tranche - 20% Upon submission of Inception Report;
- Second Tranche - 50% Upon submission and acceptance Training Report and Technical Report on Field Data Gathering Submission;
- Third Tranche - 30% Upon submission and acceptance Process Documentation on for improvements to the iPDNA app