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Tarlac lawmaker calls for inquiry on Canada’s waste dumping

Jul 23, 2015 @ 3:18

Tarlac 2nd District Rep. Susan Yap is calling for a congressional inquiry into the alleged illegal disposal of Canada’s tons of garbage in the country, saying it is a criminal act.

Yap, vice chairperson of the House Committee on Climate Change, said the government should take legal actions against those responsible “for these vile and reprehensible acts of waste dumping.”

“Waste dumping to other countries in the guise of recycling is a criminal act under any existing law of a nation,” the Tarlac lawmaker said.

In pushing for the congressional investigation, Yap said the incident “only highlights

the vulnerabilities of our customs procedures.”

Citing various media reports, Yap said Chronic Inc., a Canadian waste company in conspiracy with Chronic Plastics, a Filipino counterpart, has been dumping highly toxic and hazardous garbage in container vans in the Philippines.

At least half of the 50 container vans of waste shipped from Canada in 2013 had already been dumped in a landfill in Capas, Tarlac.

Tarlac Governor Victor Yap has stopped the further dumping of Canadian garbage at the Capas landfill.

Yap said the Metro Clark Waste Management Corporation (MCWMC), the company that accepted the trash at the behest of the Bureau of Customs (BOC), showed a Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) certification for the garbage certifying that the 12-meter freight boxes contained “residual waste, not hazardous waste.”

According to Yap, under the Basel Convention, which both the Philippines and Canada are signatories to, countries are prohibited from shipping household waste overseas unless they have an agreement in place – something that is completely absent between the Philippines and Canada.

“The abandonment of such alleged toxic and hazardous garbage violates the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes ratified by both the Philippines and Canada,” Yap said.

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