ILOILO CITY, July 8 (PIA) - - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 6 has provided relief assistance to families from Zone 3 of barangay Bo. Obrero, a coastal barangay in this city, who were affected by the bunker oil spill due to an explosion at a power barge on July 3 and are temporarily housed in evacuation centers here.
DSWD 6 Social Welfare Officer III Pete Patriarca reported, during a virtual meeting of the Regional Incident Management Team VI held July 7, that 120 family food packs, 120 hygiene kits and comforters worth P413, 730 were already distributed by the agency to the affected families who are temporarily housed in evacuatin centers here.
She said DSWD 6 will send additional food packs and hygiene kits on July 8 as requested by the city government through the Iloilo City Social Welfare and Development Office.
The city government has also augmented food and non food assistance amounting to P304,798.00.
As of July 7, Patriarca said there are 248 affected families or 931 individuals from the villages of Bo. Obrero, Mansaya and Loboc staying in 4 evacuation centers.
Of the total number of evacuees, 96 families are staying at the Bo. Obrero Elementary School, 34 at Bo. Obrero National High School, 53 at Technical Institute of Iloilo City (TIC) and 65 at Bo. Obrero gym.
Patriarca said representatives from DSWD 6 and Department of Health - Center for Health and Development 6 have visited the evacuation centers for assessment on Tuesday.
She said recommendations were made to further improve the management of the evacuation centers especially in Bo. Obrero Elementary School and Bo. Obrero Gym.
The team noted that social distancing was not observed in these evacuation centers. It will come back on Wednesday to validate and assess improvement with the help of the city government and the barangay council.
On the other hand, during the meeting, Philippine Coast Guard Iloilo Station Chief Commander Joe Luviz Mercurio said some 210,150 liters of bunker oil with water mixture were already recovered out of approximately 268,948 liters of bunker oil that spilled out due to the explosion at Power Barge 102 of AC Energy Corporation.
Also, 600 kilograms, 16 drums and 50 sacks of contaminated solid waste floating in the vicinity were collected through joint efforts with civilians hired by AC Energy Corporation.
He said there are still approximately 50,000 liters to be collected and the concentration of the recovery and collection efforts are still between the Iloilo and Guimaras areas.
Around five oil skimmers are now deployed to help contain further spread of the bunker oil.
Based on the reports, Mercurio said 15 barangays in the province of Guimaras - 12 in Buenavista town and 3 in Jordan town - are already affected by the oil spill and 6 in the city and province of Iloilo including two barangays in Leganes town, as of Tuesday.
Mercurio said threatened areas are still in Iloilo City that include the Iloilo Port complex up to Molo and Arevalo. (JSC/laf/PIA6 Iloilo)