City fishers to get P2.7M for oil spill claims

March 27, 2007

By Jeehan V. Fernandez
The Daily Guardian

SOME 820 fisherfolk in Iloilo City will get a total of P1.7 million from the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund (IOPCF)

These city fishermen will be compensated by the IOPCF after their livelihood was affected by the MT Solar I oil spill in Guimaras August 11, 2006.

The compensation will be released March 29-30.

Iloilo City Agriculturist Josegil Parreñas said a total of 906 fishermen filed their claims with the IOPCF but only 820 qualified for compensation.

Parreñas said the claims ranged from P1,000 to P5,000 for every affected fisher depending on the losses they incurred based on the assessments conducted by the IOPCF.

“Minors who are engaged in fishing by helping their parents were disqualified from receiving the oil spill claims under the provisions of the Labor Code,” Parreñas said.

The first batch of claimants came from the coastal barangays of Calaparan, Calumpang, Ingore, Rizal Pala Pala II, Lapuz, Sooc, South San Jose, Sto Niño Norte and Sto. Niño Sur.

“Most of the affected residents are engaged in fry gathering, owners of fish pens and fish nets and shell gatherers,” Parreñas said.

He added there are still claims with the City Agriculture Office that will be submitted to the IOPCF for processing.

“The applications for oil spill claims are subject for verification by IOPCF,” Parreñas said.

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