Families that were evacuated because of the July 3 Iloilo oil spill finally returned to their homes last July 18, fifteen days after the incident caused by AC Energy’s power barge.

AC Energy Philippines confirmed that all 308 families have safely returned to their homes on the following dates: Mansaya, 70 families, July 17; Obrero Zone 2, 102 families, July 17; Obrero Zone 3, 136 families, July 17 and 18.

The set of parameters for the families’ safe return was developed and executed by a task force composed of the various barangays in Iloilo City, the Iloilo City Government, and its various offices, the Philippine Coast Guard, AC Energy Philippines and its consultant AECOM Philippines, and cleanup contractor Harbor Star Shipping Services Inc.

AC Energy Philippines in collaboration with the various barangays in Iloilo City have distributed 2,350 food packs to communities of Loboc, Mansaya, and Obrero.

An environmental management plan for Guimaras

Since the oil spill has also reached Guimaras, an environmental management plan was also set in place for the province.

Gabby Mejia, head of AC Energy Philippines for Plant Operations as well as AECOM Philippines presented their action plans to Guimaras’ Congresswoman Ma. Lucille Nava, Governor Samuel Gumarin, Vice Governor John Edward Gando, and Jordan municipal mayor Ruben Corpuz.

They also presented the oil spill assessment update and criteria called the Shoreline Clean-up and Assessment Technique (SCAT), a method for surveying and documenting the impact of spills on shorelines, the effectiveness of cleanup, and post-cleanup operations which include fisheries and mangrove rehabilitation./

Related past articles:

AC Energy cites rehab plan to address Iloilo oil spill (July 13, 2020)

Iloilo oil spill cleanup shows progress (July 17, 2020)