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Petron oil spill expense exceeds P43M

October 9, 2006

By Florence F. Hibionada
The News Today, Oct. 9, 2006

CONTINUED clean-up efforts brought by the oil spill in the Province of Guimaras has now reached over P43 million, about half of the huge expense spent on dispersants and similar supplies alone. With evacuees holed up in tents and makeshift houses, Petron, the Philippine’s largest oil refiner has yet to fold up its clean up operations.

To date though, a total of 2,000 metric tons of debris have been collected covering 135 kilometers of shoreline. If government reports are to be considered, Petron has about 200 kilometers more to go.

Pending verification and “final closure” of the Joint Inspection Team, thirteen villages in Nueva Valencia are deemed “clean” namely Canhawan, Igdarapdap, Dolores, Sitio Sumirib in Lapaz, Sitio Daku in Panobolon, Sitio Diutay also in Panobolon, Tando, Alegria, Nalibas Island, Nagarao Island, Burisan Sand Bar in Taklong Island of Lapaz, Kalaparan Sand Bar also of Taklong Island of Lapaz and Pulo Felis.

The P43 million Petron “cost of assistance” went to the “Cash for Work” program where over P14.8 million has thus far been directly paid to workers chosen by the barangay officials concerned. Rotation is employed to make sure all fit locals are able to avail. The barangay captains on the other hand are aided by the local social welfare officers on the choice of the workers.

To note, as per directive of the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC), Petron is to shift its support to livelihood and rehabilitation programs.

(For the full story, click Petron PR.)

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