Beach resorts fight to keep oil spill at bay-A A +A
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
THE business community wants the investigation on the ship collision off Talisay City to end soon. They worry about its effect on the economy.
Philip Tan, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, said Cebu is the transshipment area for goods coming from Manila and Mindanao.
He said there will be a shortage of cargo ships during the investigation.
“This would result in a shortage of ships and shortage of supply,” Tan told reporters yesterday, after attending the launch of a coffee table book of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) at the Cebu Grand Hotel.
He said the oil spill should be contained as soon as possible because it will have negative effects on tourism.
He was referring to the beach resorts that may have already been affected by the oil spill.
The spill has spread from Lauis Ledge in Talisay City to Punta Engaño in Lapu-Lapu City.
Some beach resorts in Lapu-Lapu City had to clear their shoreline of bunker oil.
Hannah Patalingjug, Plantation Bay spokesperson, said they noticed bunker fuel along the beach late Saturday afternoon. Resort staff members used futons and linens to absorb the oil slick. They removed up to 50 percent of the oil, she said.
She said they have asked the help of DENR complete the task.
She said the resort temporarily closed its beach area and postponed aqua sports activities due to the oil spill and bad weather.
Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa has not been affected. It’s business as usual the resort, said its communications director Mildred Amon.
At the Pacific Cebu Resort, front desk officer Rachel Bedrejo said there is a minimal amount of oil in their area.
The Imperial Palace Waterpark Resort and Spa installed buoy lines with linen to contain the oil, said the resort’s social media officer Joy Ablanida.
“We are not affected by the oil spill. We are not closing,” she said.
In a separate interview, Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry executive director May Elizabeth Segura-Ybañez lauded the rescue, retrieval and cleanup efforts by government agencies and the private sector.
“That is the spirit of Cebu, the spirit that we believe in helping others,” she said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 21, 2013.