CNN Philippines - Marcos seeks Senate probe on Canadian waste

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28 July 2015

CNN Philippines

CNN-PhilippinesSen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has filed a resolution urging the Senate to launch a thorough investigation of the Canadian waste dumped on Philippine soil.

The senator, who is chair of the Senate Committee on Local Government and a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, is concerned how the foreign garbage ended up in the country.

"It is crucial to scrutinize the policy of the government in allowing the foreign-sourced trash into local landfills in order to assess and enhance viable mechanisms to protect our people from the health perils brought about by the gargantuan rubbish literally thrown into our backyard at the expense of our people," said Marcos.

The senator’s call for an investigation is contained in Senate Resolution 1449 and “aims to institute more stringent measures to protect public health and the environment from toxic and hazardous materials as well as ensure environmentally sound waste management.”

According to BAN Toxics, a nonprofit organization seeking to promote environmental justice in Southeast Asia, the shipment is illegal and “in direct violation of Basel Convention on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes,” to which both the Philippines and Canada are signatory parties.

Tarlac Vice Gov. Enrique “Kit” Cojuangco said that at least 26 container vans filled with Canadian garbage had already been unloaded on a private landfill in Capas – the same location where the trash was disposed of.

The private landfill is operated by Metro Clark Waste Management Corp.