March 13, 2023

P10 million fine on shipowners for oil spill eyed in House bill

A bill imposing as much as P10 million penalty to shipowners who will be found guilty of discharge or emission of oil, sewage, garbage and other harmful substances and pollutants into Philippine seas has been filed in the House of Representatives.
Negros Occidental Representative Kiko Benitez made the proposal under his House Bill 7515 which he filed after the sinking of a tanker carrying 800,000 liters of oil off Naujan, Mindoro. The bill provides for the strict enforcement of the regulations under the 1973 International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships and its 1978 Protocol, or MARPOL 73/78, which the Philippines signed in 2001.