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Oil spill compensation law unenforced, say lawmakers

BOTONGON Elementary School in Estancia, Iloilo province, remains unrepaired almost a year after it was damaged by Supertyphoon “Yolanda.” NESTOR P. BURGOS/INQUIRER VISAYAS

Legislators investigating last year’s massive oil spill in Iloilo province decried the failure of government agencies to implement the oil spill compensation law enacted in 2007.

Posted: October 15th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Firm paid amid spill cleanup doubts

SIGNS of bunker oil still coat the rocky coastline of Barangay Botongon in Estancia, Iloilo. NESTOR P. BURGOS/INQUIRER VISAYAS

A company which a top provincial official said had no previous record in oil spill cleanup had been paid 90 percent for a cleanup job that had been described as inadequate in a town poisoned by nearly a million liters of bunker fuel at the height of Supertyphoon Yolanda last year.

Posted: October 10th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Oil spill victims protest aid delay

RESIDENTS of Estancia, Iloilo hold a rally to protest the delay in government help. NESTOR P. BURGOS JR/INQUIRER VISAYAS

Residents still hurting from the effects of an oil spill that occurred just as Super Typhoon “Yolanda” was ravaging the Visayas protested what they said was the continued delay in help from government.

Posted: October 8th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Town, fishermen demand P132M for damage from 2013 oil spill

Philippine Navy divers retrieve a body from the waters off the coast of Talisay city, Cebu province, in central Philippines Saturday Aug. 17, 2013, a day after a passenger ferry MV Thomas of Aquinas collided with a cargo ship Sulpicio Express Siete. AP FILE PHOTO

The Cordova municipal government and a group of fishermen are seeking about P132 million in damage payment from the owners of two vessels that last year collided and leaked oil, polluting the town’s marine environment.

Posted: August 16th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Cebu town files P213-M damage suit vs 2 shipping firms over 2013 oil spill

A boy (bottom left) holds two oil-coated bagasi, salt water eels, which thrives in Cordova town, Mactan  Island Cebu. Oil spill is seen in the waters near the shore of Mactan Isldan. Photo from the Office of Cebu Rep. Luigi Quisumbing

The Cordova municipal government and fisherfolk groups filed on Thursday a multi-million-peso damage suit against the owners of two sea vessels that collided and leaked oil in 2013, damaging the town’s marine environment.

Posted: August 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »