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Oily debris hauling in Iloilo towns start

October 9, 2006

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Sacks of oily debris collected from the shores of Concepcion, Iloilo. (From TNT web site)

Hauling of collected oil debris in the oil spill-affected towns of Ajuy and Concepcion in Iloilo province started Thursday.

Carlos Tan, Petron Corporation health and safety manager, said the company hired a new barge smaller than the land craft transport (LCT) used in Guimaras to finally haul the solid debris collected in the coastal areas of the affected towns.

He said the barge, Millennium Uno, left Lapuz wharf in Lapaz district Wednesday. It can accommodate up to 120 metric tons (MTs) of load and is more than enough to carry an estimated 60-80 MTs of oil debris from the two towns.

Tan said the new barge should have started towing collected debris three days ago but constant rains in the region prevented it from sailing and starting the hauling operations.

The municipality of Ajuy in Iloilo has a total of 16 coastal areas affected by oil spill and these are Nasidman island, Calabazas island, Bay-ang, Punta Buri, Tagubanhan, Pedada, Luca, Culasi, Barrido, Malayu-an, Bucana Bunglas, Silagon, Bato Biasong, Pantalan Nabaye, Rojas and Taguhangin.

(For the full story, click Oily debris, Oct. 9, 2006.)

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