Japan sends 8 disaster response team personnel to aid oil spill incident in Mindoro

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 10) — Eight personnel from Japan will help the Philippines address the oil spill incident in Oriental Mindoro and nearby areas, the Japanese Embassy in Manila said.

The Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) Expert Team is composed of two personnel from the embassy, five from the Japan Coast Guard and one from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Three of the Japan Coast Guard representatives also belong to the National Strike Team, an expert unit in oil removal.

The team will be led by Nihei Daisuke, minister of the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines.

It will coordinate with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in investigating the extent of damage as well as provide guidance on the ongoing oil removal and control efforts.

Equipment such as oil blotters, oil snares and oil-proof working gloves will also arrive in the country today, together with the JDR Team.

On Monday, MT Princess Empress, a tanker carrying 800,000 liters of industrial oil, was found 7.5 nautical miles from Balingawan Point, facing Pola Municipality in Oriental Mindoro.

The tanker caused an oil spill, which affected the coastal waters of Oriental Mindoro and nearby areas.

The PCG said Friday the oil spill has also affected Barangay Casian in Taytay, Palawan.

The barangay is located 159 nautical miles or 295 kilometers southwest of Oriental Mindoro.


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