• Petron officials claim cleanup of Cavite oil spill completed

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    AFTER taking responsibility for the oil spill that affected at least four coastal towns in Cavite, Petron Corp. said on Thursday that it has already done with the clean-up operations along the shorelines of Rosario, Tanza, Naic and Noveleta.

    Several days ago, Petron took responsibility of the spill of almost half a million liters of diesel fuel in Manila Bay which affected four towns and over 30 villages in Cavite.

    The oil spill, which brought the province into a state of calamity, also affected the livelihood of the fishermen in the areas as well as allegedly damaged coral reefs in municipal waters.

    “Together with hundreds of local community volunteers, about 25 kilometers of shoreline have been cleaned,” Petron said in a statement on Thursday.

    According to Petron, it continues to monitor the water, soil and marine life quality in these areas until a clean bill of health is achieved. Results show that water samples taken from affected areas have passed oil/grease and oxygen standards, the country’s largest oil refinery added.

    ”All the activities we have been conducting such as clean-up operations, disbursement of compensation, distribution of food items, and other forms of assistance have been done under the guidance and direction of the local governments involved,” Petron Corporate Affairs head Charmaine Canillas said.

    “We have been closely following the instructions of local officials, especially in our host community of Rosario, since they know the needs of their constituents better,” she added.

    Canillas further said that Petron will continue to extend all the necessary assistance to ensure that the lives of those affected would return to normal in the soonest possible time.

    It was earlier reported that Petron Corp. admitted its pipeline in Cavite caused the spread of half a million liters of diesel fuel in the aforementioned areas.

    The Philippine Coast Guard then confirmed that the spill formed a sheen of orange-colored liquid over 300 square kilometers in the waters of Manila Bay and Cavite.

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