On January 16, the Korean embassy in the Philippines shared on its Facebook page the news of the pledge.
"Through the swift provision of relief goods to those who are in evacuation centers due to the volcanic eruption, we hope this aid will contribute to the stabilization of the victims' lives," said South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement.
South Korea hopes to help around 45,000 victims of the eruption with the monetary aid, which will be coursed through the Philippine Red Cross.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) hoisted Alert Level 4 at 1:00 pm on January 12, when the volcano started spewing ash into the air in what is referred to as a phreatic eruption, or a steam-driven eruption. Ashfall reached the areas of Batangas, Cavite, Bulacan, Rizal, and Metro Manila.
As of January 16, more than 15,000 families in Batangas and Cavite have been affected by the volcano's heightened activity.