By Charissa Luci-Atienza
Quirino Rep. Dakila Carlo “Dax” Cua is urging President Duterte to look into reported trash shipments from Australia and Hong Kong, and also direct their immediate return.
He said Malacañang should step in on the supposed garbage shipments, even as he called for the implementation of stricter monitoring to prevent the illegal entry of garbage into our country.
“I hope the President can also look into reports of garbage coming in from Australia and Hong Kong, and issue directives for their immediate return. For its part, the Bureau of Customs should also demonstrate its tough stance against illegal shipments of garbage,” Cua, chairperson of the House Committee on Ecology, said in a statement.
He expressed serious concern over a television report that seven container vans of municipal waste from Australia were intercepted in Misamis Oriental.
Citing the report, he took note that the shipment’s broker was the same company involved in another shipment of garbage coming from South Korea.
Quoting a newspaper report, Cua also expressed concern that 25 tons of mixed plastic waste from Hong Kong was also intercepted by Customs in Misamis Oriental.
He also rallied behind President Duterte’s directive to immediately return the trash that was shipped from Canada several years ago.
“I understand the President’s frustration over this issue. The usual processes and channels have taken several years. This should have been dealt with right away. We cannot compromise the integrity of our environment and the health of Filipinos,” he said.