Friday, 25 February 2011

DENR scored for diverting funds for Guimaras

By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
Visayas Bureau, PDI

JORDAN, GUIMARAS – Guimaras officials have scored the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for implementing oil spill rehabilitation projects in areas not affected by the oil spill.
Guimaras Gov. Felipe Nava said the DENR had implemented livelihood projects using rehabilitation funds even in communities that were hardly affected by the Aug. 11, 2006 oil spill.
“I’m not contented with what’s happening. We are in the dark and we don’t know if these are beneficial to the people of Guimaras. I think we should correct this (because) we are wasting precious money,” Nava said during a presentation of updates on the rehabilitation programs marking the second anniversary of the oil spill held on Monday. (Click here for the rest.)


August 11, 2008
Guimaras recovering but non-release of funds stalls rehab
By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
Visayas Bureau, PDI

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

DENR units near sea mishap site told to prepare vs possible oil spill

June 26, 2008
06/26/2008 | 04:43 PM
MANILA, Philippines – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) personnel were instructed Thursday to keep an eye for any possible oil spill from the capsized MV Princess of the Stars passenger ferry off Romblon.
In a statement posted on the DENR website, DENR Sec. Jose Atienza Jrdirected DENR personnel, particularly those “in and around Romblon,” to prepare to respond to such a scenario.
“You must be vigilant and ready to get into action at the first sign of an oil spill. We cannot afford additional environmental damages at this time when the world is racing against time to heal the earth from various environmental damages, among which is global warming,” Atienza said.
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