NDCC still has no estimate for Guimaras cleanup

September 6, 2006

• Folk showing ‘spill-related symptoms’

By Veronica Uy, Hazel P. Villa

ALMOST four weeks after the M/T Solar I sank on August 11, releasing more than a million of its 2.1-million liter load of bunker fuel into the sea, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) still does not have an estimate for the cost of cleaning up the oil spill in Guimaras province.

This was learned by the Senate Tuesday even as the Western Visayas Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) and health department office reported that hundreds of people in Guimaras and in Iloilo exposed to the bunker fuel the Solar I are showing “oil spill-related diseases or symptoms.”

At the Senate hearing on the 46.42-billion-peso supplemental budget, defense undersecretary Cecilio Lorenzo asked that he be allowed to return with the figures needed for the cleanup.

The lack of justification for the two-billion-peso calamity fund appropriation, which would also cover the evacuation of residents around Mayon Volcano and Filipinos in Lebanon, angered Senator Juan Ponce-Enrile.

Asking for a breakdown of the two billion pesos, Enrile asked if the amount would be spent on personnel services, freight, or transportation.

“If you have a notional amount, you must also have a notional usage of the amount,” he said.

The Philippine Coast Guard, which is part of the clean-up team, is asking for 118 million pesos for “stockpiling of equipment” to mop up one of the worst oil spills in the country.

(Click Cleanup, Sept. 6, 2006, for the full story.)


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