Manny Pacquiao is heartbroken over the devastation the Taal Volcano is causing in the Philippines … and now he’s begging for help, saying he’ll double anyone’s donations to relief efforts.
The small volcano — located less than 100 miles south of Manila — began erupting over the weekend … and it’s ravaged the region — forcing tens of thousands out of their homes.
And, according to reports, there’s still concern a massive, hazardous, explosive eruption could happen.
Pacquiao — who was born in the Philippines and currently sits as the country’s senator — is trying his best to help in relief efforts … donating food, items and money — but he’s asking for much more.
“Whatever we raise,” Pacquiao said in a video message Thursday, “all the donations, whatever it costs, I will double that so we can help more people.”
Pacquiao says the disaster hits very close to home for him … not just because he grew up in the region — but because he went through homelessness and poverty as a youngster as well.
“I’ve experienced not having anything to eat and not having a place to sleep,” Pacquiao said. “These people need our help.”
Per the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, the volcano showed signs of “generally weaker” activity Wednesday … but the threat of earthquakes and a possible explosion still remains high.