OIL giant Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. has given up its fight to retain its oil facilities in Pandacan, Manila.
Pilipinas Shell country president Ed Chua over the weekend said the company has started demobilization of its Pandacan depot.
Chua added that they began the demobilization early May when Shell received the decision, which is final and executory, of the Supreme Court (SC).
The tribunal has junked an appeal of Pilipinas Shell together with Petron and Chevron to reconsider its ruling ordering the transfer and relocation of the Pandacan oil depot.
In its decision, the SC said the oil depot must go as it violates “the right to health and the right to a healthful and balanced environment.”
In upholding its decision, it ordered Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada not to implement City Ordinance 8187 and instead directed him to oversee dismantling of the storage facility.
The High Court stood by its decision issued on February 13, 2008, which sustained the validity of Manila City Ordinance 8027 that reclassified portions of the Manila districts of Pandacan and SantaAna from industrial to residential and commercial.
Chua said they are trying to meet the November 2015 deadline set by the tribunal.
He added that delivery of oil supply to Shell’s various stations in Metro Manila will be a big challenge for the company.
“It is very challenging because the supply will come from Batangas,” Chua said.
The oil firms have submitted a comprehensive relocation plan to the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 39 as ordered by the SC.
The Pandacan oil depot, which started as a small facility in 1914, is sitting on 33 hectares of land by the Pasig River.