PCG collects over 8,000 liters of oily water mixture in Oriental Mindoro

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 26) — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Saturday said it has so far collected 8,163 liters of oily water mixture in its ongoing offshore oil spill cleanup in Oriental Mindoro.

For its shoreline cleanup, the PCG said it has collected 154 sacks of oil-contaminated materials on Saturday. Since March 1, the agency has gathered 3,155 sacks and 22 drums of waste in 13 affected barangays in Naujan, Bulalacao, and Pola, Oriental Mindoro, the agency added.

Last March 10, Environment Secretary Antonia Loyzaga said the sunken tanker MT Princess was discharging about 35,000 to 50,000 liters of oil per day.

Loyzaga said the University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute forecasted that the oil leakage will continue until the end of March.

READ: Leak from sunken oil tanker seen to continue until end-March - DENR


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources earlier reported that 12 out of the 14 municipalities in Oriental Mindoro have been affected by the oil spill.

The agency said the slick has reached the towns of Bansud, Bongabong, Bulalacao, Gloria, Magsaysay, Mansalay, Naujan, Pinamalayan, Pola, Roxas, San Jose, and Calapan City.

READ: DENR: 12 Oriental Mindoro municipalities affected by oil spill