German team explores ways to help Guimaras recover from oil spill tragedy

October 22, 2006

A GERMAN team has conducted an assessment of the damages brought by the sinking of the M/T Solar 1 in Guimaras, trying to find ways through which their government can provide assistance beyond the rehabilitation aspect.

The assessment was made by holding a consultative assembly with the residents who have been affected by the spill and at the same time making a round of the areas that suffered from the incident.

Remia Aparri, the officer in charge of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Guimaras, relayed that the team led by Dr. Henning Karcher attended the consultations in Nueva Valencia, San Lorenzo and Sibunag. The discussions evolved on possible livelihood programs and disaster planning.

However, she mentioned that the team also focused on tourism during the assessment. Its members made a study on the extent of damage incurred by the industry.

Aparri said the team would submit a report on the situation and a recommendation on what would be done to the affected sites to the German Embassy here in the Philippines. She said it might also include the possible areas where they can come in to provide assistance.

What is good with the plan, according to Aparri, is that the assistance would extend beyond the rehabilitation period. They might even prepare a development plan that would help Guimaras not just return to their normal lives but for the residents to do well after the rehabilitation process is done, according to Aparri.

Further, she mentioned that Karcher relayed to him that they would want the Guimaras residents to feel that a “disaster is not only a disaster but an opportunity.” (PNA, Oct. 21, 2006)


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