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Nueva Valencia fishers to receive oil spill damages on Jan. 8

December 30, 2006

SOME 5,000 affected fisherfolk in Nueva Valencia, the worst hit municipality in Guimaras from Solar I oil spill, will get their claims on Jan. 8, 2007.

This, after the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund (IOPCF) finished releasing compensation checks in three towns – San Lorenzo, Sibunag and Jordan.

Nueva Valencia residents have been clamoring for the release of their oil spill compensation which was promised to be given them this Christmas season.

But corrections in the official entries of name and addresses of the oil spill claimants delayed the release of the checks.

IOPCF returned the master list of claimants to the municipal government of Nueva Valencia after it was found out that there were duplicitous claims, meaning the names of the claimants were submitted to the IOPCF twice.

The residents of Brgy. Tando, one of the worst hit coastal villages in Nueva Valencia, had been waiting for their checks as fishing activities in the village continue to drop.

“We have few catch here compared to last year. We are very much affected with the oil spill. Our only hope is the release of our oil spill claims so that we have something to spend for Christmas and New Year,” said Tando barangay captain Olivia Evangelista.

Meanwhile, Provincial Legal Officer Plaridel Nava denied reports that the venue for the releasing of compensation checks will be transferred to Guimaras from the original venue at the fifth floor of the Iloilo Provincial Capitol.

“As per letter of the IOPCF to Gov. JC Rahman Nava, the venue remains in Iloilo City,” Nava said.

IOPCF requires the claimants to personally get their check and to present two valid identification cards either from SSS, GSIS, BIR TIN card, driver’s license, passport, Philhealth, Postal ID, company ID, voter’s registration record and senior citizen ID. (Balita.org, Dec. 30, 2006)

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