Sunstar editorial

August 26, 2006

Oil spill

MOST of the national attention has focused on the ongoing recovery efforts off Guimaras coast where a sunken oil tanker is spilling more of its oil into the waters and already killing scores of marine life and severely damaging the marine ecosystem there.

What makes this tragedy doubly painful is the fact that the national government is already being stretched thin with its recovery of overseas contract workers in Lebanon–which thankfully is being reduced significantly by the day–and the ongoing evacuation for residents near the Mt. Mayon vicinity.

While the number of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) keeps going down in Lebanon and Mt. Mayon has yet to fully launch its own explosion in Legazpi, frogmen and rescue teams are hard at work, though seeing little success in their operations in Guimaras.

Last time we heard, the oil spill was spreading to nearby areas with at least six towns in Iloilo province under threat from the oil spill.

Already it has ruined 300 kilometers of coastline, 500 hectares of mangroves and 60 hectares of seaweed plantations affecting 26,000 residents of Guimaras.

(Originally published in the Sunstar web site, Aug. 24, 2006. Click here for the rest of the piece.)



  1. A few months back, a Filipino inventor won an award in the UK, if I recall rightly, for a coconut coire (sp??) net. Wasn’t this net designed to, among other things, take care of an oil spill?

  2. Hmm…yeah. I seem to remember that. Will look for it. Thanks silverlokk. Hope you signed the petition! 🙂

  3. Erhm, what petition?

  4. The one on the Guimaras Oil Spill…please see Aug. 26 posting below or the sidebar. Thanks. 🙂

  5. Thanks, I found it through a post in a mailing list. I’m signatory #1282. And, for the benefit of the lazy bums (like me 🙂 who don’t want to look up the Aug 26 posting, here’s the URL: http://www.petitiononline.com/guimaras/petition.html

  6. Btw silverlokk, I googled that coconut invention that won the UK award. Apparently it’s to prevent landslides not oil slicks. Too bad… anyway, you can check it out here

  7. as usual we are using politics to solve a purely technical problem. Have Petron clean up their mess who have the enermous cash to employ foreign companies who are experts in this field, that is the solution.

  8. haha! thnx for this i can make my assignment in editorials

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