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DGMC, city gov't mulling oil spill contingency plan at Davao Port

DAVAO CITY, Aug. 30 — The Davao Gulf Management Council (DGMC) is mulling to come up with an oil spill contingency plan in coordination with the city government in view of the numerous oil tankers arriving at the Port of Davao, better known as the Sasa Wharf.

DGMC chair former City Councilor Leonardo Avila III said the idea was arrived at following information from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on the possibility of an oil spill hitting the Davao Gulf with the increasing arrival of oil tankers at the Sasa Wharf.

Avila said DGMC, other directly concerned groups, and representatives from the city government, together with the World Wide Fund (WWF) Philippines, have already conducted a workshop and series of consultations relative to the crafting of the plan some three months ago.

Following the workshop and consultations, the concerned groups are set to come up with a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the plan.

Avila said the oil contingency plan is important in preparation for the consequential impact of the increasing business activities in Davao City and at the port area.

The move forms part of the initiatives to protect the Davao Gulf by DGMC together with the city government and other support groups and agencies. (PNA)

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