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Oil slick now in Oton, Tigbauan

September 1, 2006

By Lory Ann B. Bilbao

THE OIL spill from the sunken M/T Solar 1 tanker has already reached the seas of Iloilo towns — Tigbauan and Oton — and close to the city’s coastal village, Villa.

City Mayor Jerry Treñas revealed this to the local media Thursday after receiving the report from Oton Mayor Carina Flores the same day.

The Coast Guard here found oil sheen in the same coastal towns.

Tigbauan is more or less 25 kilometers away from the city, in land, but its seas share a common boundary of Guimaras’s northern tip.

“We hope the spill won’t be coming in (city’s coastal areas),” Treñas told reporters.

Treñas said he has already informed and alerted City Disaster Coordinating Office Chief Joe Papa, village chiefs, Iloilo City Police Director Norlito Bautista and the Coast Guard Commander here, to act accordingly.

(For the full story, click slick, Sept. 1, 2006.)

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