South Korea donates P11M oil spill response equipment to Mindoro

South Korea has donated P11 million worth of equipment to help the Philippines’ oil spill response in Mindoro.

The donation, consisting of 20 tons of sorbent pads and snares, 1,000 meters of solid flotation curtain boom, and 2,000 sets of personal protective equipment (PPE), arrived at the Port Area in Manila on Wednesday morning, the Philippine Coast Guard said.

“The Republic of Korea would continue to stand together with the Philippines based on decades-long partnership with the Philippines in various areas of cooperation. The two countries expect the 75th anniversary of their diplomatic ties in 2024,” the Korean Embassy said.

Prior to the shipment, four experts from the Korea Coast Guard Emergency Response Team were sent to assist Filipino authorities in the response and clean-up efforts in Mindoro, where the sunken MT Princess Empress spilled about 800,000 liters of industrial fuel oil last February.

During their five-day visit to Mindoro, the Korean team provided technical support to the PCG and partners, including the United States Coast Guard . The team also provided aid supplies to affected residents, including drinking water and safety guidelines.

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