Oil affected shores in Guimaras unsafe to clean

October 11, 2006

By Lory Ann B. Bilbao and Elsa S. Subong
Sunstar Iloilo, Oct. 11, 2006

ONLY one oil-spill affected area in Guimaras has been considered safe for cleaning, said an official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

DENR Environmental Management Bureau Officer Bienvinido Lipayon refuted pronouncements that shores in the province Guimaras are now free from hydrogen sulfide, a chemical that could exacerbate asthma and causes respiratory illnesses.

Only Baybay Allegria in Sibunag is safe for cleaning, said the Task Force Solar1 Oil Spill (TF SOS), of which DENR is a member.

The TF SOS recommended a halt in the clean-up operations after high amounts of hydrogen sulfide were detected in the areas affected by the spill.

A total of 3,301 people, including those from the Regional Coast Guard, Mepu, Bgst, Sunshine Maritime Development Corporation, Petron, FMRSI (hired), Guimarasnons hired by Petron, are cleaning up the affected areas in the island.

In Nueva Valencia, the affected areas are Dolores, Tando, San Roque, Lucmayan, Lapaz, Cabalagnan, Panobolon (island barangay), Canhawan, Igdarapdap, San Antonio and Guiwanon (including Unisan Island); in Sibunag-Alegria, Bubog, Inampologan (island barangay), San Isidro (including Pamancolan Island, Seraray Island, Nalibas Island, Nauway Island, Us-usan Island and Nagarao Island), Sebaste (including Ado Island and Natunga Island), Nabas, Maabay and Dasal and Sabang; in San Lorenzo-Sebario, Igcawayan (including Nadolao Island), Cabano, M. Chavez, Suclaran and San Enrique; In Buenavista – Dagsaan, Magsaysay, Sawang and Zaldivar and; in Jordan–Buluangan, Lawi, Sinapsapan, B. Maravilla, B. Melleza, Espinosa and Morobuan.

The task force noted a total of 41,299 persons affected by the oil spill in Guimaras and Iloilo.

Some 44 families in evacuation centers in Sitio Proper and Sitio Iraya, Tando, Nueva Valencia are surviving daily on relief goods and the cash for work provided to them by government.

They hoped though that they could return home and start life anew.

Councilwoman Evelyn Gantecela of Tando said the families have learned to live one day at a time and make do with the assistance being given to them. Gantecela said many of the evacuees did not want to be dependent on the relief goods but they want to work again for the future of their children.



  1. Hi – I’ve been searching for organizations that are helping out with the Guimaras Oil Spill tragedy. So far I know that Greenpeace had been active. I would like to know, though, where donations (NOT only monetary, but also clothes, medicines, boots, etc) can be sent. Thanks!

  2. Hello Kristine.

    The province of Guimaras has set aside a trust fund for your monetary donations. You may also send non-monetary donations. Check out the province’s web site http://www.projectsunrise.org

    You may also get in touch with Lette Teodosio of the Visayan Sea Squadron at cleanupoilspill@gmail.com for your donations. VSSQ may pick up your donations anywhere in Metro Manila, which will then be sent to Guimaras, Iloilo. It also has bank accounts where you may send your monetary donations.

    If you’re living abroad, please get in touch with Tuesday Gutierrez at http://www.saveguimaras.com or tuesdaygutz@yahoo.com

    Thanks for visiting the blog.

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