An inter-agency group has been formed to assess the damage to Monad Shoal in Malapascua town in Cebu, after a vessel ran aground in the area last June 13.
The provincial government said the team will conduct a reef and coral damage assessment, documentation and rehabilitation, and draw up restoration plans.
Based on the assessment, it will determine the “most acceptable amicable settlement,” it said.
Headed by Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Baltazar Tribunalo, the task force has members including:
– Environment and Natural Resources officer
– representatives from the municipal government of Daanbantayan
– Department of Environment and Natural Resources 7
– Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources 7
– Philippine Coast Guard
– Maritime Industry Authority (Marina)
During a recent meeting, the inter-agency body’s members agreed to continue the coordination on all aspects of the restoration and rehabilitation of the affected coral reefs.
The task force is mandated to consolidate all the claims for the damages to determine the appropriate compensation including fines, penalties and charges.
Atty. Pedrito Faytaren Jr., legal officer of the shipping company, said they are willing to conform to the terms of any agreed arrangement after the assessment.
The grounded ship was pulled out June 20 and is now up in the deeper part of Daanbantayan municipal waters. (MC)