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Ma Khristine Bendicio Cabral and family with a box of air filtration masks for victims of Taal Volcano.

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Filipinos in Dubai rush home 400 face masks for Taal Volcano victims

 

DUBAI – A Filipino based in Dubai will be starting her annual holiday with a literal mission to the Philippines: to bring home a box of 400 face masks for those affected by the Taal Volcano eruption.

Ma Khristine Bendicio Cabral, 25, is flying home on Tuesday night (January 14) with the box of air filtration masks from her family and relatives in Satwa.

The account manager from Nasugbo, Batangas, one of the worst-hit by ashfall from Taal Volcano in the Philippines, told Expatmedia.net that they pooled their money to buy the face masks.

Reports have circulated that the demand for air filtration masks skyrocketed overnight in the Philippines following government advisories to the public to use the N95 filter mask for protection.

Face masks were sold out in many areas, while the few available for sale were being sold for up to P400, more than 10 times the normal retail value. This forced the Manila government to begin a crackdown on unscrupulous traders selling overpriced masks.

The news pushed good Samaritans to take matters into their own hands, including a housewife in Lipa City who decided to make her own masks to give for free, and Syrian national and influencer The Hungry Syrian Wanderer, who said he bought “all the mask he could find, including overpriced ones” to give to those affected by heavy ashfall.

In Dubai, Cabral said she will be personally handing out the air filtration masks to those affected by heavy ashfall from Taal Volcano, which erupted on Sunday.

“We bought the masks to extend our help to our fellow Batangueños. It pains me to see our countrymen suffering from this calamity,” Cabral told Expatmedia.net, adding that she will be spending her 25-day vacation in the Philippines to help victims in her area.

“With the current situation in the Philippines, we need to be united in help and prayer and have faith that we can rise from any adversity,” she said.

Taal Volcano has been spewing ash since it erupted on January 12, forcing the mass evacuation of residents in three towns close to the volcano. Authorities have raised an Alert Level 4, which means a hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days.

Thick layers of ashes have piled on open spaces of towns and cities around Batangas province where the volcano is located. Click here for developing news on Taal Volcano.

 

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