More than 4,300 people died in the collision between the domestic ferry Dona Paz and a tanker 13 months ago in the world's worst peacetime shipping disaster, officials said Wednesday.

A presidential task force formed to assist victims of the Dec. 20, 1987, tragedy, released a report saying the 2,215-ton Dona Paz was carrying 4,341 passengers and only 24 survived the collision.At the time of the accident, Sulpicio Lines, the ship's owners, said the Dona Paz manifest listed 1,583 passengers and a crew of 60. Later it acknowledged payment of claims to the families of many people who were not on the manifest.

The task force, headed by Social Services and Welfare Secretary Mita Pardo de Tavera, said its figures were based on court records and more than 4,100 settlement claims.