DENR addresses oil leak in Coron Bay


Acting on reports of oil leak in Coron Bay, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Coron immediately convened an inter-agency meeting last February 5 to address the issue.

According to the report of the Philippine Coast Guard, the leaks come from boats changing oil regularly right on the coast.

“To address the problem, different government agencies have agreed to set up a Used Oil Collection Facility,” explains EribertoSanos, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer in Coron.

“The facility shall be set up once an area has been identified. For the meantime, each of the barangays affected - Barangays 1, 3, 5 and Tagumpay, were given five empty drums each as temporary storage for used oil,” adds Sanos.

The local government of Coron shall request the Calamian Islands Power Corporation to collect, and if possible, transport and treat the oil used. The company has accredited hazardous waste transporters and treaters.

Mayor AjericoBarracoso shall coordinate with the provincial government to request for an area where the collection facility can be set up.

The DENR, in partnership with the local government and the Coron Tours and Boat Association, shall also conduct a monthly coastal clean up.

Apart from the oil leak, the inter-agency meeting also tackled the issue of damages to corals due to frequent boat anchoring in some tourist destinations.

To minimize the damage, we will install bouys in CYC Beach and SietePicados Island,” Sanos says.

Apart from DENR and the local government, also present during the meeting were representatives from the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Port Authority, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development, Coron Tours and Boat Association, and barangay officials. ###