Manila priests renew call for transfer of oil depot

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MANILA, July 5, 2013— Catholic priests in Manila renewed their appeal to relocate the Pandacan Oil Depot, saying that it poses danger to the residents and to the environment.

In a statement, the clergy called for the repeal of the Manila City Ordinance No. 8187, which allowed the oil depot to continue operating in Pandacan district.

“The Manila clergy are concerned that the national government and the local government units only act when actually oil spills occur,” they said.

The clergy issued the statement Friday following a fuel leak, coming from a private oil depot, into the Pasig River causing panic among Pandacan residents recently.

A number of people were also brought to hospital after having trouble in breathing due to the foul smell.

“It is sad that action is only taken when damage has been done,” the statement read.

“What good governance urges are: preventive action, sanction to the damaging company and more importantly, a pro-people, pro-poor development plan for the 33 hectares once the oil depot relocate,” they said.

They also appealed for the application of the Clean Water Act and Hazardous Waste Act.

On August 31, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will lead the celebration of the “Season of Creation.”

The archdiocese said that from Sept.1 to Oct. 6, for a period of six weeks, an emphasis on ecology and environment will be promoted in all seminaries, churches, and Christian communities.

The Manila clergy are advocating an active collaboration with local government units for the welfare of the city residents. (CBCPNews)

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