After a mysterious oil spill in Manila Bay, the fish industry, both traders and buyers, are affected in Cavite and nearby places.
The town that is greatly affected by the oil spill is Rosario, with fishermen and their families leaning on the industry for them to make ends meet.
At the pamilihang bayan of Imus, Cavite, it’s obvious that there are no buyers of fish and other sea products.
According to a trader, the oil spill had a psychological effect on buyers that even the famous ‘tilapia’ from Batangas and ‘bangus’ of Dagupan are seldom bought.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Coast Guard has yet to determine if the oil leak came from M/V Makisig or from the underwater pipeline of Petron.
Rosario Mayor Nonong Ricafuente chastised the slow action of the government on the oil spill.
Though almost 40,000 residents were affected by the leak, Ricafuente still praised the local government for finding a quick solution on the problem.
It was recalled that in 2010 when the town was also hit by an oil spill after Petron Corp.’s pipeline leaked oil due to typhoon Basyang. (with Rommel Fuertes)