Oil spill hurting fishing village in Batangas

By Ernie Manio, ABS-CBN News Southern Tagalog

Posted at Jul 06 2010 08:46 AM | Updated as of Jul 06 2010 07:41 PM

BATANGAS, Philippines – Covered in black sheen, the shores of Barangay Talibayog in the municipality of Calatagan, has been marred by an oil spill since Sunday.

Rodrigo de Jesus, chairman of Bantay Dagat Calatagan, said the oil must have come from the cargo vessels that passed the municipal waters.

“Siguro naghuhugas ng barko. Ito ang matagal na naming problema kung saan hindi namin alam kung sino ang gumagawa,” said De Jesus.

What made matters worse are the newly-planted mangroves that absorbed the oil. According to de Jesus, the mangroves will die a few days from now.

Aside from these, fishermen are worried because they have been deprived of any catch because of the oil spill.

Residents also complained that they are having difficulty breathing due to the strong smell of the spilled oil from the vessels.

De Jesus said it may take a month for the shore to fully wash out the spilled oil.