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Oil spill will not reach Boracay: Coast Guard

August 28, 2006

THE world-famous beaches of Boracay, the Philippines’ leading tourist destination, are safe from the oil spill rolling across the seas off Guimaras Island in the Visayas.

The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) made this assurance following the two agencies’ assessment of the environmental impact of the disaster triggered by the sinking of the M/T Solar-1 in the Guimaras Straits. Admiral Arthur Gosingan, PCG commandant, told a press briefing in Malacañang [last week] that the PCG’s latest assessment showed that the oil slick would not reach the beaches of Boracay which are 200 kilometers away from the center of the disaster.

“Boracay is 200 kilometers away from Guimaras Island, and before the oil slick would reach the famous beach resort, it will traverse the Sibuyan Island,” Gosingan said.

(Originally published on the Sunstar web site, Aug. 19, 2006. Click here for the rest of the story.)

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