South Korean gov’t begins probe on trash shipped to PH

admin   •   February 8, 2019   •   1927

Waste materials from South Korea

MANILA, Philippines — The South Korean government has begun an investigation into the tons of garbage that were sent to the Philippines from South Korea in July 2018.

The 51 containers containing 1,200 tons of waste materials are now back in South Korea after reaching Pyeongtaek Port on Sunday.

The smuggled garbage entered the country illegally through Cagayan de Oro Port in Mindanao where it was declared to contain wood, mirrors, plastics and electronic waste.

There are still 5,100 tons of waste in Mindanao that are set to be shipped back to South Korea.

The Han River Basin Environmental Office said that part of the investigation’s aim is to prevent a repetition of the incident. — UNTV News & Rescue


DENR calls on sea vessel owners to explain dumping of waste in Manila Bay

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will summon the owners of sea vessels that dock at the Navotas Fish Port in Baseco, Manila through the Anti-Pollution Task Force.

The DENR, along with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), conducted an inspection at the Navotas Fish Port on Friday (June 4) to check for metal content, fecal coliform, and grease present in the water.

According to DENR Usec. Benny Antiporda, several sea vessels docked at the Fish Port are dumping waste in Manila Bay.

Antiporda said the department will summon the concerned individuals to explain the issue.

“We will talk to them immediately after this kasi ipasu-summon natin sila sa Anti-Pollution Task Force para magkaroon ng dialogue between sea vessels and the government,” he said.

According to the captain of one of the cargo vessels, Angelito Balitaan, there are instances that they would throw waste in Manila Bay because their vessel does not have a sewage system and they do not have enough funds for sewage repairs.

“Starting na natuto ako nang ganiyan iyan na kinagisnan ko, minana na din iyan wala pang implementation ng mga sewage sewage,” he said.

Meanwhile, the test results of the water samples will be released in a week.  AAC (with reports from JP Nuñez)

163 tons of waste collected from Baseco Beach since January

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 3, 2020

Manila’s Department of Public Services (DPS) has collected a total of 163.27 metric tons of waste from Baseco Beach since January.

In a Facebook post, the Manila Public Information Office (MPIO) said that the team of DPS Baseco Beach Warriors has been conducting cleaning operations everyday since January 2020 along the shores of Barangay 649.


Posted by Manila Public Information Office on Wednesday, September 2, 2020

The group of Baseco Beach Warriors has nine members tasked to clean and collect waste in Baseco. DPS Director Kenneth Amurao lauds the efforts of the Baseco Beach Warriors and encouraged the public to also put effort in maintaining cleanliness and practicing proper waste disposal.

“Kailangan po natin ang kooperasyon ng bawat isa. Lilinisin at lilinisin po namin ito sapagkat ito ang aming trabaho ngunit bilang mamamayan, dapat sa atin mismo magsimula ang disiplina. Para rin ito sa inyo at sa inyong mga anak nang matamasa nila ang maayos at malinis na Baseco, (We need the cooperation of everyone. We will clean this because this is our job but as citizens, discipline should start with us. This is for you and your children, for them to see a clean Baseco),” Amurao said. AAC

PH returns third batch of waste from South Korea

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 17, 2020

The Philippines is set to return 50 containers of trash from the Mindanao International Container Terminal (MICT) back to South Korea within the month.

According to the Bureau of Customs (BOC), over 6,000 tons of waste from South Korea were shipped into the Philippines in 2018. They were declared plastic waste but was reported to contain mixed non-biodegradable waste.

The first shipment of re-exportation was successfully done in January 13, 2019 which included 51 containers.

“Additional batches shall be re-exported on February 16 and February 23 which shall bring the total re-exported wastes to 201 containers and shall finally rid the country of the illegally imported wastes,” MICT Port Collector John Simon said in a statement.

Simon said that once the total of 6,500 tons of trash is returned, the Philippines will still ask South Korea to pay for damages after violating the Basel Convention.

Simon also stressed that the Bureau shall remain firm in its commitment of protecting the country’s borders from the entry of any illegal shipments including wastes that are harmful to the environment.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)


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