‘Clean-up could be done in five months’

If only the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and FF Cruz Company would be contracted for the use of their suction dredgers, the oil clean-up in the Guimaras seas would only take four to five months, a Coast Guard officer said Thursday. Captain Luis Tuason, District Commander of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in the city, Thursday told Sun.Star that the Coast Guard here has proposed before the consignee, Petron Corporation, to enter into a contract with PPA and FF Cruz on the use of the suction dredgers. Petron and FF Cruz have the dredgers that can suck as much as 300,000 liters of oil. About 200,000 liters of oil from the two million liters being transported by motor tanker (M/T) Solar 1, had leaked into the seas in the southern parts of Guimaras Island.