Petron starts remediation at Oil Spill-Affected areas

Remediation and clean-up efforts have been stepped up at oil spill-affected areas in Rosario, Cavite, Petron Corporation has announced.

Alongside these undertakings had been the company's pursuit of measures to help "restore the livelihood" of affected locales, especially those of the fisher folks.

"The company has commenced and is pursuing remediation and clean-up efforts along affected shorelines with the aim of restoring the means of livelihood of the local communities," listed firm Petron has noted in the disclosure-update it made to the Philippine Stock Exchange.

Like what the company had done in the communities in Guimaras which was also plagued by oil spill incident in the past, Petron said it wants to push forward the same initiatives that could bring back the areas affected into their viable economic paths.

Industrial accidents, like oil spill, are manifestation of "not a perfect world" for businesses - but it is also a test for companies whether they will painfully fail in their social responsibilities or they could turn that unfortunate incident into something that will bring longer-term benefits to the affected communities.

Another important factor, of course, would be the measures to be instituted so these companies can prevent such unfortunate disasters from recurring.

Petron explained that since the hydrocarbon spill is diesel, it is "easily dispersed by normal weathering"; because the fuel is considerably "not a persistent oil."

"Seaborne and aerial surveys conducted on August 10, 2013 showed no visible signs of oil sheen offshore and along the shorelines," the company said.

The oil firm added that it already did "water sampling in 10 areas in Tanza, Cavite - including two marine sanctuaries."

So far, it said that initial findings "confirm that oxygen concentration in such areas remain suitable for the habitat and growth of marine life."

Petron said it "will continue to monitor and test the quality of soil, water and marine life in the areas that may be affected for such period of time necessary or required to preserve the environment." (MMV)

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