LIST: Where to send donations for Taal evacuees

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 13) — Organizations and government agencies have begun calling for donations on Monday to help victims and evacuees in the wake of the eruption of Taal Volcano in Batangas.

Philippine Red Cross Chairman and Senator Richard Gordon said the agency is accepting relief goods in the form of face masks, towels, bottled water, easy-open canned goods, cup noodles, biscuits, 3-in-1 coffee sachets, cleaning materials, blankets and mattresses and hygiene kits. Other groups said they are also accepting cash donations.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development said it needs individuals or groups volunteer to help pack food and relief items for affected families.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Managament Council said 6,891 families, or 30,432 people, from Batangas and Cavite were affected by the eruption. The Batangas Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office said 33,654 residents are staying in different evacuation centers. It is not clear why they have different figures but the NDRRMC usually takes time to validate reports from local disaster offices.

Taal started rumbling and belching ash plumes on Sunday in a steam-driven eruption. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has since raised the alert for Taal to level 4 which means a "hazardous eruption" is possible within days or hours. On Monday, the volcano had a magmatic eruption, spewing a "weak" lava fountain for an hour and a half.

Here is a list of groups accepting donations as well as how to contact them:

Batangas local government

Philippine Red Cross

DSWD Region IV-A

The Salvation Army 

Tulong Kabataan (under Kabataan Party-list)

Caritas Manila

Rotaract Club (San Pedro East 3820 and Taal-Lemery SH)

Jesus' Flock Gateway Church

Some schools have also announced calls for donations:

University of the Philippines

Polytechnic University of the Philippines

De La Salle Lipa

Malayan Colleges Laguna

University of Santo Tomas

Animal rights groups have also asked for donations to help abandoned animals near Taal.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Bank details:

Metrobank Account Name: PETA Asia-Pacific Limited

Account Number: 007-066-31632-3

Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

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