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DILG, CIDA to launch LGSP-LED in Guimaras

June 2, 2009

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will launch the Local Governance Support Program for Local Economic Development (LGSP-LED) in the province of Guimaras on June 2, 2009.

DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero and May Wong, First Secretary for Development of the Canadian Embassy are expected to grace the occasion, which will be held at the Guimaras Trade and Information Center, Guimaras Provincial Capitol in Jordan, Guimaras. (For the rest, click here.)

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Guimaras fishers learn new skills

May 4, 2009

IT’S THE strange case of the fishermen being like fish out of water.

The fishermen of this small paradise are pinning their hopes on livelihood projects like handicrafts and agriculture to bring their lives back on track after the Aug. 11, 2006 oil spill. (Click here for the rest.)

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Guimaras folk still reeling from oil spill nightmare
By ELLALYN B. DE VERA
May 4, 2009

JORDAN, Guimaras Province—Positive attitude is what helped the people of Guimaras Island “survive” the devastating oil spill in 2006 that affected 36 coastal communities in Iloilo and Guimaras provinces. However, they need more help to continue the mangrove rehabilitation and livelihood projects for affected families.

The tanker M/T Solar 1, carrying a cargo of at least two million liters or 13,000 barrels of industrial oil, sank in the southwestern portion of Guimaras Island on August 11, 2006. The cargo chartered by Petron Corp. was en route to Zamboanga from Bataan when it capsized in rough waters. (Click here for the rest.)

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Firm pays back town ruined by ‘06 oil spill

April 17, 2009

By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
Inquirer Visayas
04/14/2009

ILOILO CITY – Guimaras fishermen will benefit from some P2.4 million in grants that the US government was giving to those who had lost their livelihood as a result of an oil spill in 2006.

Citi Foundation and Petron Foundation will finance the second phase of a mariculture livelihood program for people in Nueva Valencia in Guimaras. The town was the worst hit among the island’s five municipalities when oil spilled from the sunken MT Solar I southeast of the island on Aug. 11, 2006. (Read the rest at Firm pays back.)

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Ombudsman probe uncovers ‘oil spill fund’ anomaly in Guimaras

March 2, 2009

By Florence F. Hibionada
The News Today, Mar. 2, 2009

The Fact-Finding Investigation of the Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas on millions in feared government losses of the Oil Spill fund has now dragged a seemingly “all-star cast” of characters cum subjects of inquiry.

With some P10 million in Presidential assistance as center of the concern, The News Today (TNT) learned that an extensive “first-hand” report has already been submitted. In it, a TNT source said, were names of the suspected erring government personalities in the employ of the Guimaras Provincial Government. (Click here for the rest.)

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I don’t doubt that some anomaly may have occurred in the release of the Oil Spill Fund, but just from the news stories that have been published over the past weeks about the Office of the Ombudsman, it seems to me that Ombudsgirl Merceditas Gutierrez is fighting back the negative publicity about her lack of action on corruption cases by investigating and filing charges against politicians who are contra-partido to her presidentita. Hmm…

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Oil spill keeps punishing mangroves

February 6, 2009

By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
02/05/2009

ILOILO CITY – Mangroves in Guimaras continue to suffer from the effects of one of the worst oil spills in the country, three years after the disaster.

Scientists have discovered more abnormalities in mangroves that were contaminated by the oil spill, which pointed to the continued effects of the disaster.

Dr. Resurreccion Sadaba, program manager of the University of the Philippines in the Visayas (UPV) Oil Spill Response Program, said recent samplings on mangroves showed “albinism” among trees. (Read the rest here.)

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Social scientists: Women bore much of the brunt of oil spill

December 17, 2008

By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
The News Today
Dec. 16, 2008

Women bore much of the brunt of the oil spill that ravaged Guimaras Island as some disaster response and rehabilitation programs failed to consider their specific needs, a research of social scientists showed.

In their paper “Gender Perspectives in Disaster Responses and Interventions to MT Solar I Oil Spill,” University of the Philippines in the Visayas (UPV)-based social scientists said that while there were efforts towards gender equality, some of the programs were inappropriate in addressing specific needs especially of women during the disaster.

“Most of these projects have not fully integrated gender equality and women’s empowerment concerns in the different stages of project management, implementation and monitoring…” according to the research conducted by Rosario Asong, Ebonia Seraspe, Diana Aure and Rosario Panganiban. (Click here for the rest.)

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Guimaras folk need psych support

December 1, 2008

By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
Inquirer Visayas Bureau
November 30, 2008

ILOILO CITY, Philippines — Social scientists have recommended continued psychosocial monitoring and support for Guimaras residents affected by the massive oil spill two years ago after a study showed that most of them were still traumatized by the calamity.

The study conducted by former University of the Philippines in the Visayas chancellor Ida Siason, showed a “significant level of psycho-social distress” among 42 percent to 73 percent of around 250 survey respondents from seven highly and moderately affected barangay (villages).

The villages are mostly in Nueva Valencia town, the hardest hit of the province’s five municipalities. (Click PDI for the rest.)

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