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P230M needed in rehab of areas hit by oil spill

October 4, 2006

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said around P230 million will be needed for the proposed rehabilitation plan of areas in Guimaras and Iloilo that were devastated by the country’s worst oil spill.

Tanker MT Solar 1 sank off Guimaras last Aug. 11 while ferrying millions of liters of bunker oil from Bataan to Zamboanga City.

Julian Amador, director of DENR-Region 6, said the rehabilitation plan will cover the marine reserve, coastal environment, mangrove, sea grass, corals and environmental monitoring, but the bulk of it will go to mangrove and environmental quality and sanitation.

This will include the stabilization of drinking water and sanitation which needs a combined budget of P120 million.

Amador said P30 million must also be set aside for collection and disposal of waste.

(For the full story, click Malaya, Oct. 4, 2006.)

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