Xia Vigor joins Save the Children in helping Taal evacuees

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 19 2020 07:17 PM

Xia Vigor joins forces with Save the Children Philippines in helping young evacuees in Batangas. Handout

MANILA – Child actress Xia Vigor is doing her part in helping those affected by the eruption of the Taal Volcano last Sunday.

The 10-year old star joined Save the Children’s initiative to set up mobile Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in two evacuation centers in Balayan town in Batangas.

These spaces allow children to learn and play in a safe environment amid their prolonged stay in evacuation centers.

In her own little way, the “Miracle in Cell No. 7” actress socialized with the displaced children as she led a read-along activity participated in by children aged 2-4.

“I would like to tell other children that what happened to them is only temporary and they should not lose hope,” she said.

Aside from participating in these activities, Vigor has also been active in raising awareness through her social media platforms on how to raise funds for the evacuees.

Aside from read-along, the other activities they hold at the CFS are storytelling, coloring and free play.

“Natural calamities such as the Taal Volcano eruption have devastating and prolonged impact on children as they are forced to leave homes, miss out on school and stay in evacuation centers without knowing when they will be home,” said Atty. Alberto Muyot, Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children Philippines.

CFS activities also allow parents and caregivers to attend to pressing needs like sourcing food and household supplies, coordinate longer-term accommodation while knowing their children are safe and supported, said Muyot in a statement.

Taal spewed a giant ash column last Sunday, forcing the evacuation of some 39,000 residents from its expanded danger zone. Its volcanic activity has placed the provinces of Batangas and Cavite under a state of calamity.