A worker walks past plants covered with mud and ash after Taal Volcano erupted in Talisay town, Batangas province, south of Manila on Monday. TED ALJIBE/AFP/GETTY

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) of the Philippines said that the economic impact of Taal Volcano’s eruption does not pose a significant slowdown on the country’s growth.

Reports showed that the initial assessment of economic losses was pegged at P7.63 billion in Batangas province alone.

However, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and NEDA chief Ernesto Pernia clarified that this only has a limited scale and impact in the GDP in the first quarter.

“Total economic losses comprise provincial income—gross value-added—plus provincial wealth [and] public and private structures,” said Pernia.

The NEDA chief furthered that the estimated amount is not even 1 percent of the Philippines’ P9.2-trillion GDP for the year 2018.

Based on the Philippine Statistics Authority’s (PSA), Calabarzon, which includes Batangas, shared 17% in the country’s 2018 GDP. It has the second-largest contributions following the National Capital Region (NCR) with 36 %.

“There will be some negative effect…The unpredictable behavior of Taal Volcano is just like other risks and uncertainties impinging the economy,” the NEDA chief furthered.

In the aftermath Taal’s eruption on Sunday afternoon, several flights were canceled and markets have shut down. Classes in all levels and work in the public sector in the affected areas were also suspended.

Government officials have not yet announced the sum of damages to public and private properties as well as goods, as of writing.

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