By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
The Chinese Embassy donated 1,000 KN90 anti-dust face masks to the Manila city government Tuesday morning following Taal volcano’s phreatic (steam-driven) eruption last Sunday.
The masks were originally intended to be used by Chinese embassy officials amid ash fall activity across Metro Manila, but they decided to donate it to the nation’s capital.
Xu Haibo, director of the administration office, and Hong Jie, consul of the Chinese embassy, turned over the masks to Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso at the Manila City Hall.
In a statement, Domagoso said they will distribute the masks to those affected by the ash spewed by Taal volcano in Batangas.
The Manila city council also passed a resolution allowing the local government to donate “a few millions” to at least five municipalities affected by the volcano’s eruption, the city mayor said in a broadcast of “The Capital Report”on Monday evening.
Taal Volcano, a popular tourist spot in Southern Luzon, belched out ash that drifted across neighboring areas including Metro Manila.
Health officials encouraged those affected to wear masks to prevent inhaling volcanic ash, that can cause difficulty in breathing, severe coughing, nose, throat, eye, and skin irritation, among others.