Archive for the ‘Fishing’ 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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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 folk need psych support

December 1, 2008

By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
Inquirer Visayas Bureau
November 30, 2008

ILOILO CITY, Philippines — Social scientists have recommended continued psychosocial monitoring and support for Guimaras residents affected by the massive oil spill two years ago after a study showed that most of them were still traumatized by the calamity.

The study conducted by former University of the Philippines in the Visayas chancellor Ida Siason, showed a “significant level of psycho-social distress” among 42 percent to 73 percent of around 250 survey respondents from seven highly and moderately affected barangay (villages).

The villages are mostly in Nueva Valencia town, the hardest hit of the province’s five municipalities. (Click PDI for the rest.)

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OIL SPILL DAMAGE

August 11, 2008

Guimaras recovering but non-release of funds stalls rehab

By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
Visayas Bureau, PDI
08/11/2008

GUIMARAS ISLAND—Two years after a massive oil spill hit this island-province, officials and experts said the island is showing recovery and coping from the impact of the calamity.

But rehabilitation efforts have been stalled by the non-release of around P150 million intended for development programs.

“Our activities are back to normal,” Guimaras Gov. Felipe Nava told the Philippine Daily Inquirer (parent company of INQUIRER.net).

He said residents in all areas affected by the oil spill have gone back to fishing. (Click here for the rest.)

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Guimaras chief hopes to receive additional oil spill fund

June 24, 2008

By Maricar M. Calubiran
The News Today
June 20, 2008

Guimaras Gov. Felipe Nava said they are hoping to receive additional oil spill funds from the national government. He said, of the P800 million oil spill rehabilitation fund, only P100 million was released to the province.

Nava said a team from the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) in Manila arrived in the province last week and assessed the damage brought about by the oil spill.

As far as the governor is concerned, the releases that the national government had made was the P50 million for infrastructure, P25 million for the Department of Social Welfare and Development, P2.4 for the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and more than P4 million for the Department of Health (DOH).

However, Nava is banking on the funds released to the Department of Social Welfare and Development for its cash for work program. The department has still in hand some P100 million for the cash for work program intended for the affected areas.

In one of his visits in Iloilo City, Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya said the national government would only release funds on a case-to-case basis.

Andaya said they are not in a hurry to release any fund without any purpose. The fund should be spent only for rehabilitation purposes and not for anything else. There are proposals from different national government agencies that were disapproved because of its non-relevance.

He stressed out that the fund should not be spent for projects such as road construction which is not in any way related to the rehabilitation of the island as an aftermath of the August 11, 2006 oil spill. The project proponent should give exact and convincing reasons why they should be given funds.

One of those projects that were disapproved by the government is the “food for work” of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office. There is no need for the government to give allocation to the “food for work” program since the affected residents already returned to their normal lives.

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Guimaras grabs tourism alternative

May 17, 2008

By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
05/17/2008

NUEVA VALENCIA, Guimaras – Frankie Aracan leads a pack of journalists through the rocky, winding trail on mountain bikes. He regularly checks if anyone is left behind or is having difficulty catching up.

A few hours later, Aracan gives pointers as they rappel down a 95-foot cliff overlooking the pristine beaches of Guimaras Island.

Aracan is not an expert mountain biker or rappeller although he has undergone training as a guide for adventure sports. On most days, he is on a tricycle ferrying passengers from the town proper of Nueva Valencia to the villages.

But like other residents of Sitio Guisi in Barangay Dolores, he is getting much needed extra income from a heritage tourist site recently launched by the Department of Tourism. He earns P250 to P350 for a day’s work as a tour guide of the community-based Guisi Discovery Quest – bigger than the average P150 he gets from his regular job.

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