SM holding medical mission in Taal evacuation centers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The SM Group of Companies said it will continue efforts to help Taal Volcano eruption victims in Batangas by holding medical missions in evacuation centers.

SM Foundation and SM Supermalls said in a statement that mobile clinics were deployed at Canossa Academy and Vicente Lojo Memorial School in Banay-banay, both in Lipa City yesterday (Jan. 17). Today, they are at Mataas na Kahoy National High School(Jan. 18). The team will then head to Bauan Technical High School on Sunday (Jan. 19).

The clinics are equipped with X-rays, electrocardiograms, nebulizers and oxygen supply along with basic medication, health services, and facilities. Volunteer doctors and medical personnel can serve up to 1,200 medical cases a day, SM added.

Earlier, SM launched relief efforts, sending over 2,500 pieces of six-liter water-filled bottles to Batangas City and Lipa and 6,500 "kalinga" relief packs or care packs carrying bottled mineral water, rice, ready-to-eat meals and instant noodles. The relief distribution continues this weekend in the expanded evacuation areas in Nasugbu, Dasmarinas, Tagaytay City, and Trece Martirez.

“SM has always been a partner of the community, especially in times of need and disasters," said Steven Tan, chief operating officer of SM Supermalls.

More than 70,000 residents of Cavite and Batangas are taking shelter in 300 evacuation centers.