Marcos orders immediate cleanup after Mindoro oil spill
President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. ordered the concerned government agencies to carry out a cleanup operation in connection with the oil spill in Oriental Mindoro.
Marcos also assured affected communities that the government will extend assistance particularly through the cash-for-work program.
“Ang aking instruction sa — well together, DOLE, DSWD, ‘yung cleanup. Kasi ‘yung mga mangingisda, hindi makapangisda ngayon, bawal mangisda at kaya’t wala silang hanapbuhay. Pinalitan natin ng cash-for-work program dahil sila ngayon ang maglilinis,” Marcos.
“At binabantayan namin nang husto, lahat naman, hindi lamang pamahalaan kung hindi na pati na ang mga private corporations na mayroong equipment, pati na ang Japan na nagpadala ng tulong at ito’y malaking bagay upang ‘yung langis na hindi pa umaabot sa lupa ay puwede na natin harangin,” he added.
Marcos also said that it was fortunate that authorities were able to locate the sunken tanker that has been leaking oil, enabling them to predict the direction of the oil spill.
In the meantime, the government is monitoring fishing sanctuaries and tourist areas, and will immediately carry out cleanup drive if they detected any presence of oil along the shoreline.
“‘Yun ay talagang babantayan natin at kung mangyari na abutan talaga doon — pumunta sa lupa, sa shoreline ang langis ay talagang maglalagay, gagawa tayo ng programa para ng pag-cleanup para makabalik sa trabaho lahat ng tiga-roon,” the chief executive said.
“But in the meantime, habang wala pa they are engaged in the cash-for-work program sa cleanup. Pag natapos na ‘yun, puwede na sila mangisda ulit. Puwede silang bumalik sa trabaho nila,” he added.
Marcos hopes that through the current efforts, the oil spill could be contained so that the conditions in the affected communities could normalize soon.