Bolinao Mayor Alfonso Celeste said municipal government is still waiting for the assessment of the coral damage caused by foreign vessel MV Chematic.
MV Chematic ran aground off Barangay Patar’s coastal waters in December 2019.
The Pangasinan politiko said a team from the University of the Philippine Marine Science Institute will conduct the underwater inspection.
Celeste explained that the assessment will be the basis for the penalty for MV Chematic.
He also said the management of the ship already sent the municipal government a letter of guarantee that its insurance agency will cover the cost of the coral damage.