Petron: Relocating Pandacan depot may take 7 yrs
The relocation of Petron Corp.'s oil depot from Pandacan, Manila as
ordered by the Supreme Court may take at least seven years and cost P10
billion, an official of the nation's top oil firm said Thursday.
"It will not be easy to move. There are so many considerations. We
estimate about seven years will be necessary for preparations,
especially if reclamation areas are involved)," Petron spokeswoman
Virginia Ruivivar told radio station dzEC.
But Manila mayor Jose Atienza Jr. said the oil firms will not have its
deadline extended, saying they already had enough time to prepare.
Atienza, in a separate interview on dzBB radio, said the city
government will not contest the Supreme Court order evicting that the
giant oil depot out of Manila.
"They've been given enough time. Dapat at this point tanggapin na natin
(At this point we should start accepting the high court's ruling)," he
He pointed out that it is time for the oil companies to "face the issue" by submitting their relocation plans to his office.
"The law is the law and we must enforce it," he said.
Earlier, radio dzBB reported that Atienza ordered city government legal
officer Melchor Monsod to not prepare a motion for reconsideration to
the Supreme Court.
It quoted Monsod as saying the city government will accept the decision
of the high court, and leave it to the oil firms to dispute the high
Monsod added that the city council already sought the transfer of the
oil depot as early as six months ago because of the danger it posed to
residents of Pandacan district.