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Environment Pollution in Philippines on Tuesday, 26 November, 2013 at 07:41 (07:41 AM) UTC.

Around 1,200 individuals were forcibly evacuated following the oil spill incident as a power barge of the National Power Corporation (Napocor) was damaged during the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the shoreline of Estancia, Iloilo. Napocor President Gladys Cruz Sta. Maria said that five barangays in Estancia including the worst-hit Botongan has been badly affected by the recent oil spill incident causing more residents to move out and temporary relocate due the unpleasant chemical smell occurring in the area. Sta. Maria said that their target is to force evacuate around 5,000 residents in the next couple of days since the condition in the affected areas is expected to become more hazardous due the toxic smell coming from the power barge. “It seems tataas pa ito (evacuees), we are targeting around 5,000 residents to evacuated since they are complaining to the smell from the oil spill. Some have been experiencing severe headaches and difficulty in breathing already,” Sta. Maria said. She noted that Napocor together with the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (Psalm) will handle the expenses and damages brought by the incident to livelihood of residents affected in the coastal town.

The Psalm provided a total of P 1.5 million to Iloilo while Napocor gave an initial P500,000 to the municipality of Estancia. Sta. Maria said that they already have a contingency plan. He also said that they will handle all the responsibilities over the incident together with Psalm. The Kuan Yu Global Technologies has been tapped by the Napocor and Psalm to conduct clean-up and salvaging operations on the damaged power barge. He noted that the company will hire local residents to help in the ongoing clean-up operations so that it can be an alternative source of income for them. “This will also serve as temporary livelihood for the residents particularly for the fisher folks affected by the oil spill,” Sta. Maria said. The Kuan Yu Global Technologies estimated the clean-up and salvaging operations to last in the next three months. Commander Armando Balilo, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Public Affairs chief said that around 80,000 liters of oil and some 46-tons of debris have already been collected after the clean up.

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