CEBU CITY-- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 7 is demanding a payment of more than P41 million from two shipping companies involved in an oil spill last August.
The oil spill in the coastal areas in Lapu-Lapu City and Cordova town was triggered by the sinking of 2GO Travel's MV St. Thomas Aquinas, which collided with Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corp's MV Sulpicio Express Siete last August 16.
The DENR-7 gave the two shipping companies until November 15 to pay the fine of P41,704,600.
In his demand letters to the two firms, DENR Secretary Mario Montejo said the oil spill destroyed aquatic resources worth P35.7 million, and some 328 hectares of newly planted mangroves worth about P6 million.
Officials of the 2GO Group and PSACC yesterday said they will comment on the demand letter once they receive their respective copies.
Over 100 people died in the collision. The Special Board of Marine Inquiry (SBMI) had already concluded its investigation on the incident and submitted its results to the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC).