Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

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Guimaras fishers learn new skills

May 4, 2009

IT’S THE strange case of the fishermen being like fish out of water.

The fishermen of this small paradise are pinning their hopes on livelihood projects like handicrafts and agriculture to bring their lives back on track after the Aug. 11, 2006 oil spill. (Click here for the rest.)

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Guimaras folk still reeling from oil spill nightmare
By ELLALYN B. DE VERA
May 4, 2009

JORDAN, Guimaras Province—Positive attitude is what helped the people of Guimaras Island “survive” the devastating oil spill in 2006 that affected 36 coastal communities in Iloilo and Guimaras provinces. However, they need more help to continue the mangrove rehabilitation and livelihood projects for affected families.

The tanker M/T Solar 1, carrying a cargo of at least two million liters or 13,000 barrels of industrial oil, sank in the southwestern portion of Guimaras Island on August 11, 2006. The cargo chartered by Petron Corp. was en route to Zamboanga from Bataan when it capsized in rough waters. (Click here for the rest.)

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Firm pays back town ruined by ‘06 oil spill

April 17, 2009

By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
Inquirer Visayas
04/14/2009

ILOILO CITY – Guimaras fishermen will benefit from some P2.4 million in grants that the US government was giving to those who had lost their livelihood as a result of an oil spill in 2006.

Citi Foundation and Petron Foundation will finance the second phase of a mariculture livelihood program for people in Nueva Valencia in Guimaras. The town was the worst hit among the island’s five municipalities when oil spilled from the sunken MT Solar I southeast of the island on Aug. 11, 2006. (Read the rest at Firm pays back.)

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Ombudsman probe uncovers ‘oil spill fund’ anomaly in Guimaras

March 2, 2009

By Florence F. Hibionada
The News Today, Mar. 2, 2009

The Fact-Finding Investigation of the Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas on millions in feared government losses of the Oil Spill fund has now dragged a seemingly “all-star cast” of characters cum subjects of inquiry.

With some P10 million in Presidential assistance as center of the concern, The News Today (TNT) learned that an extensive “first-hand” report has already been submitted. In it, a TNT source said, were names of the suspected erring government personalities in the employ of the Guimaras Provincial Government. (Click here for the rest.)

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I don’t doubt that some anomaly may have occurred in the release of the Oil Spill Fund, but just from the news stories that have been published over the past weeks about the Office of the Ombudsman, it seems to me that Ombudsgirl Merceditas Gutierrez is fighting back the negative publicity about her lack of action on corruption cases by investigating and filing charges against politicians who are contra-partido to her presidentita. Hmm…

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Oil spill keeps punishing mangroves

February 6, 2009

By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
02/05/2009

ILOILO CITY – Mangroves in Guimaras continue to suffer from the effects of one of the worst oil spills in the country, three years after the disaster.

Scientists have discovered more abnormalities in mangroves that were contaminated by the oil spill, which pointed to the continued effects of the disaster.

Dr. Resurreccion Sadaba, program manager of the University of the Philippines in the Visayas (UPV) Oil Spill Response Program, said recent samplings on mangroves showed “albinism” among trees. (Read the rest here.)

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Guimaras marine life still struggling

November 28, 2008

By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
11/27/2008

ILOILO CITY, Philippines — The oil sludge may not be visible anymore but scientists say the damage to marine resources of Guimaras Island has persisted two years after a massive oil spill ravaged the island.

The scientific studies showed abnormalities in the breeding and growth of mangroves, sea grass, marine animals and sea cucumbers, and attributed these mainly to the contamination of the marine environment by bunker fuel from the sunken M/T Solar I.

The studies, presented Thursday during the opening of the two-day Second National Conference on Solar I Oil Spill, showed the marine resources still suffered from stress brought by the contamination despite showing signs of recovery. (Click here for the rest.)

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Local tourists top arrivals in Guimaras

November 18, 2008

By Maricar M. Calubiran
The News Today
Nov. 17, 2008

Local excursionists top the list of visitors in the island-province of Guimaras numbering to more than 100,000 for the past 10 months of the year. Tourism is one of the island’s industries aside from its agriculture.

In the records provided by the Guimaras Tourism Office, the number of local excursionists posted a high record in March with 20,774 visitors. Visitors also registered high records in the months of April and May. In April, there were 14,397 visitors and 11,231 in May. The number of tourist arrivals contributed thousands of pesos in total receipts. The months of March, April and May are considered as summer months and mostly people prefer to go to resort and beaches. (Click here for the rest.)

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Probe eyed on Guimaras spill reparation mess

November 18, 2008

GMA News.TV
Oct. 27, 2008

MANILA, Philippines – A congressional investigation looms on alleged government inaction over insufficient reparation for victims of a massive oil spill in Guimaras in 2006.

Online news site The News Today (www.thenewstoday.info) reported that House Resolution 830 filed last Oct. 8 seeks a probe into the payments by an international insurance firm.

Filing the resolution were party list Reps. Satur Ocampo and Teodoro Casiño of Bayan Muna, Luzviminda Ilagan and Liza Maza of Gabriela, and Rafael Mariano of Anakpawis. (Click here for the rest.)