UP to form legal, economic team on Guimaras

September 28, 2006

INQ7.net, Sept. 28, 2006

THE University of the Philippines is forming a team of legal and economic experts to determine liability for the Guimaras oil spill and what legal action the university could take.

Marvic Leonen, the UP vice president for legal affairs, said the team would be drawn from the UP system, particularly UP Diliman and UP Visayas, and would include valuation experts to compute the damage.

“We’ve been affected twice, the Semirara and Guimaras spills … We have marine reserves that are used for research,” Leonen told a forum on the legal aspects of the oil spill in UP Diliman.

He did not reveal who the team members were nor the charges being readied in connection with the Guimaras spill.

A rapid assessment report completed by the Silliman University on August 30, 19 days after the spill, placed the potential annual losses from fishery products because of damage to mangroves at 30 million pesos, and from loss of wood products at 1.6 million pesos.

The UP Visayas will come out with its three-month rapid assessment report in November. The school maintains the official information database on the spill. It has obtained a 100-million-peso, 10-year grant to help in the rehabilitation of Guimaras.


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