Posts Tagged ‘UP Visayas’

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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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Social scientists: Women bore much of the brunt of oil spill

December 17, 2008

By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
The News Today
Dec. 16, 2008

Women bore much of the brunt of the oil spill that ravaged Guimaras Island as some disaster response and rehabilitation programs failed to consider their specific needs, a research of social scientists showed.

In their paper “Gender Perspectives in Disaster Responses and Interventions to MT Solar I Oil Spill,” University of the Philippines in the Visayas (UPV)-based social scientists said that while there were efforts towards gender equality, some of the programs were inappropriate in addressing specific needs especially of women during the disaster.

“Most of these projects have not fully integrated gender equality and women’s empowerment concerns in the different stages of project management, implementation and monitoring…” according to the research conducted by Rosario Asong, Ebonia Seraspe, Diana Aure and Rosario Panganiban. (Click here for the rest.)

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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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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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UP Visayas hosts nat’l oil spill conference

November 27, 2008

Visayan Daily Star
Nov. 27, 2008

The University of the Philippines-Visayas will host a two-day national conference starting today on the updates of the impact of the Solar 1 oil spill in Guimaras more than two years ago.

The gathering, themed “Two Years After the Solar 1 Oil Spill: Where Are We?”, will be held at the Auditorium of UPV Iloilo City campus.

Organized under the Oil Spill Response Program, the conference will be participated by the Core University Program, UPV and Kagoshima University Faculty of Fisheries, the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science-Department of Science and Technology, and the Province of Guimaras. (Read the rest here.)