Philippines to send back trash shipment to Canada

  • Page Views 3970
  • The Philippines will ship back to Canada the wastes that arrived in the country in early 2013.

    The Bureau of Customs (BOC) in the Philippines made this announcement in a statement on September 6, 2016.

    President Rodrigo Duterte, when he was still mayor of Davao City in July 2015, called on then President Benigno Aquino III to protest Canada’s trash in the Philippines.

    Aquino did not raise the issue in his bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2015.

    The Canadian prime minister was confronted with the question during a press conference at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Manila in November that year.

    Trudeau was non-committal on the call of Filipino environmental groups for his country to bring back the container vans of trash illegally shipped to the Philippines.

    The BOC said in the statement that an inter-agency committee has agreed to push through with a court’s order on the repatriation of the 2,500 tons of trash that came from Vancouver.

    The inter-agency committee includes the BOC, Departments of Foreign Affairs, Environment and Natural Resources, and Justice.

    In a meeting on September 5, the committee expressed favor on the June 30 decision of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 1 Judge Tita Bughao-Alisuag, ordering the shipping back of the wastes to Canada at the expense of the importer.

    The June 30 court order covers fifty forty-footer (50×40) containers found to have assorted heterogeneous plastic materials, all consigned to Chronic Plastics Inc.

    The containers, parked at the Subic and Manila International Container Yards, are said to be causing port congestion, posing hazards to public health, and incurring expenses on the part of BOC.

    The Manila regional trial court will conduct another hearing on the case on September 30, with the Department of Justice set to file a motion for the execution of the order.

    In February 2014, the BOC filed charges against Adelfa Eduardo, owner of Chronic Plastics, a firm in Valenzuela City, for allegedly violating the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines (TCCP) and the Toxic Substance and Hazardous Wastes and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990 (Republic Act 6969).

    Also charged were the company’s licensed customs brokers Leonora Flores and Sherjun Saldon.

    Republic Act 6969 prohibits the importation of hazardous waste to the Philippines. The TCCP holds an importer criminally liable for illegal imports.

    Canada had said it does not have a law that would force it to take back the garbage, and asked the Philippines to dispose of them locally.

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 13 April 2021
      1 day ago No comment

      The 2021 North Shore Art Crawl transforms creative places into virtual spaces.

      The annual North Shore Art Crawl is live! Now is the time to explore the artists of Vancouver’s  North Shore, for audiences local and far-away. North Van Arts is proud to launch the 2021  Online North Shore Art Crawl as a month-long virtual event from March 12 – April ...

    • 08 April 2021
      7 days ago No comment

      Luis and Jessy Mendiola get married

      Jessy Mendiola is now officially Mrs. Manzano! Celebrity couple Jessy Mendiola and Luis Manzano on Sunday revealed that they are already married. Mendiola made the confirmation through a 5-minute video posted on her Youtube channel, as well as a post on her Instagram page. The video showed the couple’s ...

    • 08 April 2021
      7 days ago No comment

      Canada COVID-19 cases breach 1 million as third wave hits

      It came from no less than the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Canada is now battling a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases in the country have surpassed the one million mark as the third wave ripples across the nation. Canada has recorded 1,001,650 cases since the ...

    • covid-virus
      02 April 2021
      2 weeks ago No comment

      B.C.’s COVID-19 on new restrictions

      Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the COVID-19 response in British Columbia: “Today we are reporting three periods: from March 26 to 27, we had 936 new cases; from March 27 to 28, ...

    %d bloggers like this: