AC Energy Philippines and Stakeholders rehab efforts over Iloilo oil spill
AC Energy Philippines and its consultant AECOM Philippines with its cleanup contractor Harbor Star Shipping Services Inc., proactively conducted an intensive walk through to evaluate the progress on cleanup of the various barangays affected by the oil spill last July 3, 2020 together with Iloilo City Government and its various active offices, the Philippine Coast Guard and some barangays in Iloilo City.
The multi-stakeholders task force has competently developed a set of guidelines for the safe return of the community to their homes. As reported, there were 323 households relocated after the incident and 37 households were already surveyed and the task force continues to assess the other families in the next following days. This represents the initial step for families to safely return to their homes following the community clean-up activities done by the multi-agency team of stakeholders.
The Head of AC Energy Philippines for Plant Operations, Mr. Gabby Mejia believes that with the generous support and existing strong cooperation among the various stakeholders for the clean up, relief and rehabilitation efforts, they will be able to bring everyone’s life especially the affected community back to normal.
“We are grateful to everyone for participating in this multi-stakeholder process and we look forward to your continued support for the cleanup, relief and rehabilitation efforts”, Mr. Gabby Mejia expressed. “With this strong collaboration among the various stakeholders, we are confident that we will be able to achieve our common objective restore normalcy in the lives of everyone”, he added.
At a meeting organized by CENRO which was participated by PENRO, EMB, the DENR regional office, the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO), and other government agencies together with Dr. Rex Sadaba of U.P. Visayas, AECOM Philippines reiterated the internationally-recognized method they used to survey and document the impact of spills on shorelines, and the effectiveness of cleanup activities and conduct post-cleanup inspections and evaluations called Shoreline Clean-up and Assessment Technique (SCAT).
The wise choices and prompt responses made by the multi-stakeholders task force is a sign of good collaboration delivering positive developments for everyone, especially for the affected community who are already excited to be finally back to their homes.