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Guimaras gets P1.1M from MAR, Capiz officials

September 14, 2006

By Ruby P. Silubrico
Sunstar, Sept. 14, 2006

THE Province of Guimaras headed by Governor JC Rahman Nava Wednesday formally received financial assistance amounting to P1.1 million from the officials of the Capiz Government as well as Senator Mar Roxas.

Of the amount, P560,000 was a personal donation from Roxas while the P560,000 came from Capiz.

In the P560,000, the Roxas City officials headed by Mayor Antonio del Rosario gave P200, 000; the Capiz province headed by Gov. Vicente Bermejo gave P200, 000 and P160, 000 from the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) headed by Mayor Felipe Barrido. For the latter, each mayor from the 16 towns allocated P10,000.

“There are no political boundaries during calamities and we are always willing to give whatever assistance to Guimaras province,” Roxas said.

Nava said this amount would help the more than 5,000 families affected by the MT Solar 1 oil spill in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras.

The evaluation of the affected areas is ongoing. One of these areas is Nauway that was found to have high hydrogen sulfide that is dangerous to one’s health. Residents were ordered to evacuate the area for their protection.

Meanwhile, Nava said that no civil case has been filed against Petron Company, which chartered the oil tanker because the incident is still being investigated. The results of the investigation would know who is liable for the sinking of the tanker last August 11.

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