Add’l P20M out for Guimaras oil spill fund

October 1, 2006

By Florence F. Hibionada
The News Today, Sept. 29, 2006

AN additional P20 million has been released by the National Disaster Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) for three provinces affected by the recent oil spill. With the biggest chunk of P10 million for the Province of Guimaras, the provinces of Iloilo and Negros Occidental also got its share of P5 million, respectively.

The latest release followed the previous P20 million handed out by the NDCC to the three Western Visayas provinces.

Said fund came amid continued clean-up efforts principally by Petron, owner of the bunker fuel shipment on board the ill-fated taker, M/V Solar 1.

The inclusion of Iloilo province and Negros Occidental was pushed after several coastal towns here reported oil sheens within its municipal sea waters.

A similar assistance is also expected from the P2 billion Oil Spill Fund set up by Congress with an oversight committee created to oversee its management.

In an earlier interview, Guimaras Rep. Edgar Espinosa assured that proper disposition and use of the huge government assistance will be tightly monitored by both the Lower House and Senate.

Earlier, Iloilo Fifth District Rep. Rolex Suplico warned of “human vultures” in government whom he said are out to take advantage of the tragedy that hit Western Visayas.


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  1. I think art always is political, one way or another. ,

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