Tacloban ship as tourist spot urged

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Monday, December 23, 2013

THE Department of Tourism (DOT) is advising the local government of Tacloban City to make as a tourist spot the ship-barge that was washed ashore by typhoon Yolanda last November.

The ship-dredger owned by Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) used to dredge waters of the city but run aground after it was washed in nearby barangay 75, Fatima.

Gerald Paragas, environmental planner of the Office of the City Administrator, however, said the City Government wanted to remove the ship and recover the estimated 30 cadavers believed buried beneath the ship, which may cause environmental issues.

Some residents of Barangay 75 claimed some of their loved ones were pinned beneath the ship when the 20 feet storm surge covered almost all the city.

“We in the City Government are more concerned on environmental issues that may affect even the health of residents who are slowly returning to the place and trying to pick up the pieces they lost and rebuild their future,” Paragas said.

The DOT, however, said authorities can recover the cadavers by lifting the ship and placing it in a dry dock.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Coast Guard said the ship-dredge cannot be removed or salvaged because the insurance company will still have to conduct their own investigation.

The ship will stay in the area as authorities are yet to agree on what actions to undertake.

Paragas said the dry docking suggestion could be raised in the meeting of stakeholders next month. (PNA)

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