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Insurance reps to teach Guimarasnons to file claims

September 4, 2006

By Leila Salaverria

REPRESENTATIVES from the insurance groups that will compensate those affected by the massive oil spill from the Solar I tanker are expected in Guimaras province on Tuesday to help residents file for damages.

Virginia Ruivivar, Petron public affairs manager, said two representatives from the International Oil Pollution Contingency Fund and one from the P&I Club would meet with meet with affected residents of the island province.

“They will teach the residents the process of filing claims,” Ruivivar said at the Kapihan sa Manila forum.

Since M/T Solar 1 sank last August 11, the tanker has leaked some 1.3 million liters of bunker fuel into the sea, polluting beaches, fishing grounds, and marine reserves in Guimaras and portions of Iloilo and Negros Occidental provinces.

She said residents could file claims for losing their livelihood. The oil spill has prevented fishermen from earning a living because of the stigma attached to the fish caught in Guimaras.

Petron earlier vowed to pay for the damages incurred from the spill out of moral responsibility. The oil company chartered the Solar I tanker from the Sunshine Maritime Development Corporation to transport two million liters of bunker fuel from Bataan to Zamboanga.

Sunshine Maritime president Clemente Cancio earlier also said that losses from the oil spill was covered by the Mutual Shipowners Protection and Indemnity of Luxembourg, which will address oil pollution damages and claims, and other related claims.

(Click Insurance, Sept. 4, 2006.)

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