Misamis Oriental 2nd District Rep. Juliette T. Uy underscored Sunday the need to adopt stringent measures to prevent importation of wastes.
This as the congresswoman urged the concerned government agencies to cooperate with the planned congressional inquiry into the shipment of garbage from South Korea to Mindanao International Container Terminal (MICT) in Misamis Oriental last year.
She asked the Bureau of Customs (BOC), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Phividec Industrial Estate “to work and cooperate with various efforts – including the upcoming congressional investigation into this issue.”
“I see the need to adopt new stringent policies to prevent the importation of plastic and other types of waste, since we do not want our province and our whole country for that matter to become a global garbage dump,” Uy added.
She thanked South Korea, government agencies, civil society, and environment groups for the return of the garbage to where it came from.
Uy also expressed her opposition to any move, plan, or proposal to keep the remaining garbage and recycle it.
“All, not just part or some, of the total garbage shipments stored at MICT should be returned to South Korea. All of it. There should be no gray areas in this regard,” she said.
Citing the BOC, she said that some 5,000 metric tons of garbage still have to be shipped back to South Korea on or before the end of January.