ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The impacts, causes and effects of the oil spill in Guimaras

Updated on December 20, 2012

bad effects of oil spill

mangrove, fish, sea birds, sea creatures and sorts of marine life suffer oil sludge
mangrove, fish, sea birds, sea creatures and sorts of marine life suffer oil sludge | Source

The 2006 oil sludge that struck the island of Guimaras

Click thumbnail to view full-size
mapmap of the Philippines showing the island province of Guimaras which is located in the Panay Gulf between the islands of Panay (North) and Negroscleaning slick oilpart of guimaras that bears the brunt of the calamitycoastal ecosystem devastated
map
map
map of the Philippines showing the island province of Guimaras which is located in the Panay Gulf between the islands of Panay (North) and Negros
map of the Philippines showing the island province of Guimaras which is located in the Panay Gulf between the islands of Panay (North) and Negros
cleaning slick oil
cleaning slick oil
part of guimaras that bears the brunt of the calamity
part of guimaras that bears the brunt of the calamity
coastal ecosystem devastated
coastal ecosystem devastated

Click here to join hubpages free to earn money like I do.

Dr. Jose English: Guimaras oil spill damage may be felt by at least 2 generations

GIVEN the choice, residents of Guimaras or anybody else in his right mind would not want anything catastrophic to befall their beloved homeland. But the inevitable did happen, causing them to wake up one day in the midst of oil sludge, the magnitude of which the residents have never experienced before.

Said to be the worst oil spill the Philippines has ever seen, the disaster struck on August 11, 2006 when the oil tanker M/T Solar 1- carrying more than 2 million liters of bunker fuel- run aground on Guimaras Strait off the coast of the provinces of Guimaras and Negros Occidental. Causes of this catastrophe is blamed on bad weather and human error. Overloading was possible because it was stated the tanker was designed to carry a load of only 1.2 million liters. Investigations reveal further that the captain was incapable of managing the ship.

Disastrous effect was far-reaching The spill has damaged fish and other species feeding and breeding grounds. Dr. Jose English said the damage may be felt by at least 2 generations, the reefs and mangroves may have likewise been damaged, the ecosystem may have been scarred, causing seafood yields to greatly deminish; He further stated that the shorelines, the coasts and the swamplands with mangrove would be the worst hit, affecting positively small fisherfolks. Dr.Jose English is eco-region coordinator of the WORLD WIDE FUND for nature in the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia.

The oil slick also poses as a threat to the blue crab, blue marlin and yellow fin tuna industries of Negros Occidental if the spill oil is not checked immediately.

The Philippine Coast Guard said that the 500,000 liters oil spillage that poured out into the sea has affected 20 communities in 4 municipalities of Guimaras. It also threatens 27 communities in Iloilo province and 17 others in Negros Occidental. The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said the oil spill happened in a rich fishing ground of the Visayan sea which contributes a significant supply of fish to the entire country.

A villager from Brgy La Paz, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras has been reported to have directly died after inhaling the poisonous fumes from the oil sludge that caused him cardio-respiratory disease. Also 2 workers from the ship have been reported missing.

The cleanup has been estimated to last 3 years. The sinking of the oil tanker M/T Solar 1 as well as its oil spillage happened nearly 4 years ago on August 11, 2006. We asked, "What percent has the oil spillage clean-up been done? This hub has for its main purpose of informing the public, the studentry of both high school and college, etc. the harm or the bad effects. of oil spill. We, therefore, ask dear readers, especially those in the affected area to send us a feedback or an article on the efforts being made to restore the economy and environment of Guimaras by incorporating the answers to the following queries in your write-up:

(1) What particular solutions has been done by the affected local government units towards solving this problem? (the barangay, municipal and provincial governments using IRA and funds from outside sources), (2) What help did the national government extend? (3) Describe in detail the kind of assistance given by the HARIBON Foundation. (4) Were there other private entities or groups who lend a helping hand in the restoration efforts of your environment and economy? On the help from abroad, What did the British oil experts- who were sent by the SMDC, do in Guimaras? A 4-man team from the US Guard also arrived in Guimaras for what? Is the sunken oil tanker still there in Guimaras submerged?

<> <> <>































Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)