On 12 January around 21:00 UTC, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology recorded increased volcanic activities generating an eruption plume one kilometre-high accompanied by volcanic tremor and felt earthquakes in Volcano Island and barangays of Agoncillo, in the province of Batangas
The government has raised the alert status to Level 3 after the volcano spewed ash in a phreatic eruption.
Residents from at least three municipalities of the province of Batangas are now evacuating. These are the towns of Talisay, Balete, and San Nicolas. The number of IDPs are still unknown.
The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila has put on hold all departing and arriving flights due to ash fall.