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Guimaras fishers to get paid for lost income

December 5, 2006

By Blanche Rivera
Inquirer, Dec. 3, 2006

NUEVA VALENCIA, Guimaras – Sun-burnt and wrinkled from years at sea, fisherman Filomino Galve, who has been making his living from the riches of the Guimaras waters for 34 years, will get P12,000 for being deprived of income the past three months. His wife Myrna, a shellfish gatherer, will get P3,580.

After losing their livelihood and perhaps the chance to benefit from the waters of Guimaras for a still undetermined time, fisherfolk here would get anywhere between P3,500 and P23,000 each as compensation from the international insurer of Petron Corp.

The London-based International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund (IOPC) has come out with a list classifying some 13,000 fisherfolk claimants from this province and assured local governments that it would release the checks before the year ends.

Nueva Valencia Mayor Diosdado Gonzaga said the IOPC representatives, who have been in Iloilo for two weeks to conduct consultations with local governments and participate in the recently concluded Scientific Congress, have already presented its “offer” to the townsfolk during a public forum.

Gonzaga said each claimant would get P8,000 to P10,000 on the average as compensation for lost income since Aug. 11 when a tanker carrying Petron’s 2.19 million liters of bunker fuel oil sank in rough waters off Guimaras and damaged the province’s marine ecosystems.

(For the full story, click Guimaras fishers.)

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