The Philippine Coast Guard, local officials and residents near Ising River in Carmen, Davao del Norte, use spill boom to prevent the oil from flowing farther to Davao Gulf. (Photo courtesy of PCG-Davao)
DAVAO CITY -- The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) together with local officials and residents along the Ising and Taba rivers in Carmen, Davao del Norte, have pooled resources for the recovery of oil that spilled from a banana packing plant.
The oil spill happened after a pipeline of a fuel tank of Davao Packing Corporation (DAPCO) leaked and drained to the canal and flowed rapidly to Ising River and Taba River.
Lt. George Maganto, commander of the Philippine Coast Guard-Davao, said the oil spill incident happened on Wednesday but was only reported Thursday to the PCG Panabo-substation by Ruel Palmasan, the operation manager of DAPCO.
Some 8,000 liters of oil reportedly flowed down to Ising River.
Initially, the residents used banana trunks for alternative blocking of oil and manually collected the oil from the river.
Maganto said the clean-up operation led by PCG was able to collect 24 drums of recovered oil or 4,600 liters.
They also collected 117 bags of debris. Maganto could not give a time frame to finish the clean-up and recovery operation, expecting that it would take some time.
Maganto said PCG is committed to clean the spilled oil before it further reaches the shore that could threaten marine life. (PNA)