Taal began spewing clouds of ash and sulfur on January 12 that reached the capital, forced the cancellation of more than 600 flights, and wrought some P3.35 billion in damage to agriculture and infrastructure, the NDRRMC said.
On Sunday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) lowered the alert status of Taal Volcano after a decline in volcanic earthquakes, and other volcanic activities in the area.
The authorities reportedly lowered the alert level and partially lifted mass evacuation as the deadly explosion from Taal Volcano, Philippines appears algid. Thousands of villagers who have lived and worked on the volcanic island are not allowed to return permanently, said Batanga's governor Hermilando Mandanas.
Since Taal Volcano's eruption on January 12, the military and police began a total lockdown of all 199 barangays and 15 municipalities and cities in Batangas and Cavite -areas marked "vulnerable to base surges and volcanic tsunami".
State volcanologists also strongly recommended strict prohibition of entrance to the permanent danger zone within a seven-kilometer radius from the volcano's crater.
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No one is known to have died in the eruption, but the ash it unleashed forced the brief closure of the capital's main global airport, leaving tens of thousands of travellers stranded.
Taal, located just 60 kilometres from the capital Manila, is one of the most active volcanoes in a country where eruptions and earthquakes are a risky part of life.
Meanwhile, activity at the main crater has diminished to less frequent ash emissions and longer episodes of degassing or steaming that emitted steam-laden plumes of less than 1,000 meters tall. In 1965, a Taal eruption killed some 200 people. Teresita, Taal, Talisay, and Tanauan City have been opened once again to civilians and affected residents have been given the option to return to their homes. "That's where we were born, including my ancestors.so we are determined to go back", said Ronald Humarang, a 32-year-old factory worker.
"Taal volcano's condition in the two weeks ... has generally declined into less frequent volcanic natural disaster activity, decelerated ground deformation ... and weak steam and gas emissions at the main crater", the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.
"Local government units are advised to assess areas outside the 7km radius for damages and road accessibilities and to strengthen preparedness, contingency and communication measures in case of renewed unrest".
On Monday morning, the Taal Volcano Network (TVN) recorded 170 volcanic earthquakes including four low-frequency events. However, despite the downgraded status, agency officials warned that the threat of a violent eruption is still present. He also appealed to residents to respect the advisories of Phivolcs, which has come under attack by some politicians.