The seawaters in Cordova are almost back to its natural state and Governor Hilario P. Davide III is satisfied with the oil spill crisis response that has made this happen.
At the last Incident Command meeting, Davide said, “If you notice sa ilang presentation nakita man gyud nato kadtong nagsugod pa ang oil spill up to now, dako man gyud ug kausaban… akong nakita naningkamot gyud ang tanan.”
Angelito Salvio, 2GO Group Inc. assistant vice president for Ship Management, is grateful for the orderly emergency response and the spirit of volunteerism being shown by the different agencies in Cebu.
He said the Incident Management Team (IMT) led by the governor could be a model in responding to and emergency – from the search and rescue operation in Talisay City where the vessel sank, up to the oil spill crisis that ravaged the coastlines of Cordova.
IMT is composed of the different regional line agencies including Armed Forces of the Philippines- Central Command (AFP-Centcom), Naval Forces Central, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Central Visayas, Philippine National Police (PNP) 7, Department of Health 7, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Office of Civil Defense 7 and the local government units affected by the sea accident in Lawis Ledge, Talisay City.
The severity of the oil spill in Cordova has been controlled. 2GO Group, owner of the sunken ship MV Saint Thomas Aquinas, engaged the services of Genetron International Marketing to take over the coastal clean-up in the post crisis situation. Genetronwas previously hired by 2GO to properly dispose the oil spill waste including the solid materials soaked in oil.
Majority of volunteers from Centcom, PCG, and PNP, who handled the emergency phase, were withdrawn from the oil spill clean-uplast September 4. PCG, tasked to head the committee, which handles the oil spill in Cordova, will continue to supervise the clean-up operation.
In the presentation of 2GO on the oil clean-up in Cordova, Calvin Rosellosa, 2GO Ormoc Branch Manager, said the seawater in Barangay Day-as, hardest hit by the oil spill, is already clear. “Oil sheens may sometimes appear but absorbent booms are already in place. The situation is the same in Bangbang”, Rosellosa added.
In Catarman, the seawater and shoreline are clear but the mangroves are still filled with oil while Poblacion and Alegria are already clean. In Buagsong and in Tongo Island, Rosellosa said there is still work to be done.
The appearance of white sand in Poblacion, the seabird that was spotted in the mangrove area, and the children, who are going back to the beach, Rosellosa said, indicate the recovery of the coastlines of Cordova from the oil spill. (Xerxes Alkuino)