Kumpanyang pinagmulan ng oil leak sa Ilog Pasig, ipinasara na

admin   •   June 27, 2013   •   2860

Si LLDA General Manager Neric Acosta habang kinakandaduhan ang isang tangke ng Larraine's Marketing sa pagpapasara ng buong compound nito kahapon. (UNTV News)

Si LLDA General Manager Neric Acosta habang kinakandaduhan ang isang tangke ng Larraine’s Marketing sa pagpapasara ng buong compound nito kahapon. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Itinigil na ang operasyon ng Larraine’s Marketing matapos itong ipasara kahapon ng Manila City government.

Ang nasabing kumpanya ang operator ng oil depot na nagdulot ng bunker fuel spill sa Pasig River sa bahagi ng Old Panaderos sa Santa Ana, Maynila.

Ikinandado na ang gate ng kumpanya at pinaalis na rin ang mga trabahador sa compound matapos magpalabas ng closure order ang lokal na pamahalaan.

Nakasaad sa kautusan na nilabag ng kumpanya ang batas sa ecological waste management at ang kawalan nito ng permit na mag-imbak ng produktong petrolyo.

Bukod sa closure order, naghain din ng cease and desist order ang Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) sa Larraine’s Marketing matapos masuri ang water samples sa mga lugar na naapektuhan ng oil spill.

Ayon kay LLDA General Manager Neric Acosta, pinakaraming waste oil na natagpuan sa Ilog Pasig ay sa tapat mismo ng ng LM compund na may 180 ml per liter, samantalang nasa 8-9 ml per liter naman sa bahagi ng Lambingan Bridge.

Ayon pa kay Acosta, nasa 5 ml per liter lamang ang allowable amount of concentration.

“The parameters for Clean Water Act, talagang lahat ay naviolate na, nilabag na ng Larraine’s Marketing.”

Sasampahan naman ng LLDA ng administrative at criminal cases ang may-ari at operator ng compound bukod pa sa ipapataw na multa dahil sa oil spill.

“Maliwanag po yung standards at penalties, minumum po yung 10K a day depending on our evaluation and lab results today, puwede pong hanggang 200K per day and up to 6 years imprisonment because it’s a legal criminal violation po,” pahayag pa ni Acosta.

Samantala, plano ring irekomenda ng LLDA kay Pangulong Aquino ang agarang pagllipat ng mga oil depot sa labas ng Metro Manila upang hindi na maulit ang katulad na insidente. (Francis Rivera / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

LLDA backs proposed P609-B Laguna de Bay rehab project

Robie de Guzman   •   November 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) has expressed support for an unsolicited proposal from a private consortium to rehabilitate and develop Laguna de Bay.

LLDA General Manager Jaime Medina said the agency’s Board of Directors has endorsed the proposed P609-billion rehabilitation and development project “after months of review and evaluation.”

LLDA is an agency under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Medina said the endorsement of the project came after the spate of typhoons, the latest of which was Typhoon Ulysses that triggered massive flooding in the National Capital Region, Rizal province and other areas.

“This is a welcome opportunity as this will truly aid in addressing the Laguna Lake’s continual problems in siltation, industrial pollution, sedimentation, and lakeshore flooding,” he said in a statement.

Medina said the project proponent has been issued “original proponent status” (OPS) and that the project is now under review by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), through its Public-Private Partnership Center.

The consortium, after being granted the OPS, now has the authority to match better offers submitted by other rivals when a Swiss challenge is undertaken for the project, he explained.

The LLDA endorsement will be evaluated by NEDA’s Investment Coordination Committee to determine the reasonable rate of return and other parameters for negotiation, Medina said.

The decision on whether to approve or deny the proposal will be up to the NEDA Board, he added.

The rehabilitation project, which is proposed to be undertaken in a span of 5 to 10 years, includes the dredging of approximately 800 million cubic meter of silt and mud, assistance to affected fisherfolk and other stakeholders, and silt transfer and development of pre-identified catchment area to be done in phases while the dredging process progresses.

The unsolicited proposal will be under the Build-Own-Operate (BOO) scheme, which means that the proponent will finance, construct, operate, maintain and own facility and can collect fees and charges to recover their investment.

The government will provide the authorization and assistance in securing the BOO contract and has the option to buy the output or service provided by the operator.

The consortium is led by Taguig Lake City Development Corporation (TLCDC), with two big foreign companies as partners that have the experience, expertise and track record in undertaking such project.

The LLDA said it has sent a briefer thru a Memorandum to the Office of the President regarding the urgent need to rehabilitate the waters of Laguna Lake in order to sustain and enhance aquatic life therein; the critical need to increase and improve the holding capacity and water quality of the Laguna Lake in order to viably and effectively access the lake as a domestic water source, and the real potential of Laguna Lake and its outlying areas to significantly enhance water quality and boost socio-economic growth in the region and in the country.

The Laguna de Bay is the largest lake in the Philippines, with around 100 rivers and streams draining into it, making it prone to flooding. The Napindan Channel, through the Pasig River, drains the lake waters to Manila Bay.

DENR to conduct nationwide waterways dredging project, evaluates Laguna Lake

Marje Pelayo   •   November 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu wants an immediate assessment of the major waterways like rivers across the country to determine which of them needs to undergo dredging.

Environment Undersecretary Jonas Leones said the Department is planning a dredging operation in the Cagayan River which carries water from Nueva Ecija to Appari. 

The recent onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses caused the river to overflow its banks and submerge nearby areas like Cagayan and Isabela.

In his last briefing with President Rodrigo Duterte, Cimatu said the government will not shell out any amount for the project but it will gain from it instead.

“It will be really a request of the governor to allow a contractor to clean or to dredge the river and at the same time in exchange of that, he has allowed to sell this sand,” Cimatu said.

“But they have to pay as much as what the mining company is paying for – 4% excise tax as a revenue of the government,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) is studying the proposed plan to rehabilitate the lake.

According to the agency, the Laguna Lake is now about 2.5 meters deep as compared to 5 meters that the locals used to observe in the past.

According to LLDA Department Manager III Emeterio Hernandez, they have to remove at least 2 meters of sediments or silt from the lake, especially at the opening section and the western section to make space for water flowing from nearby waterways like Marikina River.

“Ang ibang common term dyan is parang batya na sinasahod niya lahat ng ulan na nanggagaling sa ating mga watershed,” Hernandez said.

[The common term for that is like a basin that catches the rain coming from the watershed.]

“So kung ang batya natin ay medyo mababaw na, so ineexpect natin na kaunting dagdag lang ng tubig mag ooverflow siya,” he added.

[So if the basin becomes shallow, with only a small amount the water will overflow.]

No government funding will be required for the dredging operation, Hernandez said.

Once approved, the project is expected to commence next year and will be completed hopefully within the next 3 to 5 years. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

PCG sues energy company over Iloilo oil spill

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 13, 2020

The Philippine Coast Guard has filed a complaint against AC Energy, Inc. and its executives for the oil spill in Iloilo City last July 3.

The PCG filed the complaint at the Iloilo Provincial Prosecutor’s Office for violation of Section 107 of Republic Act 8550 or the Fisheries Code.

Based on the initial investigation of the PCG, they saw sufficient evidence to prove the negligence of the thermal energy firm.

If proven guilty, there will be an initial fine of P300,000 or up to P500,000 for damage. The company might also face suspension or closure.

“The PCG, as a law enforcement body in marine environmental protection, will ensure that the failure of one company serves as a relevant lesson to others. We need everyone’s cooperation to protect and conserve our limited marine resources,” said PCG Commandant Vice-Admiral George V. Ursabia Jr.

The Iloilo oil spill caused contamination in some coastal areas in the city and 23 affected communities. Around 400 families were displaced and marine organisms were damaged.

READ: Mangrove trees likely to die due to oil spill in Iloilo, expert says

Meanwhile, authorities continue the cleanup operation where 90% of the spilled oil was already recovered. –AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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