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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, February 29, 2016
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Meeting set to address
oil leak in Banago

Banago Barangay Captain Arnel Benjamin said yesterday that he will meet with the affected residents of his barangay and representatives of the oil company to address the reported oil leakage in the shoreline of Banago in Bacolod City.

The leakage was discovered by shell gatherers early Friday morning in their coastal waters between Puroks Baybayon and Alalahoy.

Benjamin said representatives sent by the oil company denied that the pipeline that allegedly caused the oil leak in the shoreline of Banago belongs to them.

So he requested the concerned company to check the area where the residents discovered the leakage, he said.

Benjamin also assured the residents that the officials of Banago will find ways to address the problem.

Because of the situation, the oil company has decided to stop the transfer of oil from a barge to its depot to minimize the effect of the leakage that has reportedly affected the livelihood of residents of Banago, who have also stopped gathering shells since Friday since they have no choice, he said.

They lamented that they have just been affected by red tide and this time by an oil leakage.

Juvy Montecalbo, a member of the Kitahanon Small Fisherfolk Association, had said that the livelihood of about 200 fisherfolk in Banago will be greatly affected if the situation continues.*CGS





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