CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, April 19 – Environmental Management Bureau (EMB)-10 together with Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) conducted an ocular investigation on the oil spill incident with the MV Tower 1 (formerly, MV Racal) at the Bay of Cabulig in front of Barangay Lower Jasaan, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental.
Acting Station Commander Lt. Stephen S. Pagcaliwagan, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Jasaan Sub-station and Marine Environmental Protection Force of PCG-10 PO2 Ronald R. Moncayo shared that MV Tower 1 watercraft sank releasing its bunker fuel that affected five barangays along the shoreline of Cabulig Bay, namely, Luzbanzon, Kimaya, Upper Jasaan, Lower Jasaan, and Solana.
PCG-10 and Jasaan town immediately responded by conducting a survey of the affected areas and implementing oil spill response and control measures.
The PCG-10 and the municipality have recovered 21 drums of oil spill and oil-contaminated materials which are sawdust and sands, and another 21 sacks of oil-contaminated debris.
Following the investigation, EMB-10 Regional Director Reynaldo S. Digamo conducted an ambient water quality sampling for the five affected barangays to assess their water quality which includes the following parameters: Dissolved Oxygen, Oil and Grease, pH, and Temperature.
The EMB-10 team will release the Laboratory Analysis Results to the PCG-10. BFAR-10, and Jasaan town to assist them in evaluating potential impacts of the spill and identify to proper mitigating measures.
Meanwhile, Sherwin Doctora and Dr. Lord Sanny Salvaña (owners of the sunken ship), has agreed during a meeting with EMB and LGU officials that the owners will pay the expenses incurred in the cleanup operation along with the transport and treatment of the collected oil spill and oil contaminated materials and debris to the TSD facility. (EMB10)