The Philippine Coast Guard, thru Marine Environmental Protection Command (MEPCOM), in partnership with the 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐎𝐢𝐥 𝐏𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 (𝐈𝐎𝐏𝐂) 𝐅𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐬 headed by Ms. Liliana Monsalve and the 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐓𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐞𝐫 𝐎𝐰𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐏𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐅𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 (𝐈𝐓𝐎𝐏𝐅) 𝐋𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝 headed by Mr. Sam Durrance, conducted the Claims and Compensation Workshop at the Auditorium, National Museum of the Philippines-Fine Arts Building, P. Burgos Drive, Rizal Park, Manila, spanning from 14 to 15 November 2023.

The primary focus of the workshop is to enlighten the participants on the standard processing of claims related to the MT Princess Empress incident. This indicates a concerted effort to streamline the claims and compensation procedures, ensuring an efficient and effective response to the environmental and economic impact of the oil spill.

The involvement of government agencies underscored the importance of a coordinated and multi-agency approach to managing such incidents. The workshop likely addressed various aspects, including legal frameworks, documentation requirements, and coordination mechanisms, to facilitate a smooth and timely process for handling claims and providing compensation to affected parties.

Also present during the workshop is Usec. Raul Vasquez of Department of Justice (DOJ), PCG, MEPCOM personnel, and other government agencies, relevant to the processing of claims from the abovementioned incident.

Overall, the IOPC Claims and Compensation Workshop was a success and was able to serve its purpose as a platform for knowledge exchange, collaboration, and capacity building, emphasizing the commitment to addressing and mitigating the impact of maritime incidents on the environment and affected communities.

Lecturers and facilitators during the event are:

Ms. Liliana Monsalve – Deputy Director, IOPC

Mr. Sam Durrance – Technical Adviser, ITOPF

Mr. Jamie Stovin-Bradford – Technical Support Coordinator, ITOPF

Ms. Ana Cuesta – Claims Manager, IOPC

Ms. Pauline Marchand – Claims Submission Office

Ms. May Valles – Claims Manager