Garbage keep coming from South Korea

Published November 23, 2019, 3:04 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Betheena Unite

The Philippines is fast becoming a dumping ground for trash from South Korea.

(PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD / FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)
(PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD / FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)

Last Friday, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) intercepted in Zambales a merchant ship carrying 53,000 metric tons of toxic substance from Gwangyang Port, South Korea.

On Saturday, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) announced that a container filled with assorted electronic waste from South Korea was uncovered at the Manila International Container Port (MICP).

Early this year, several containers of garbage dumped in the Philippines were shipped back to South Korea.

In the Zambales incident, crane operators and several crew were already unloading the toxic substance when a team from the PCG and the NBI arrived at Cabangan Wharf, Cabangan, Zambales, and stopped the operation.

The inspection revealed that the Liberian-flagged merchant ship was carrying phospho gypsum, which, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), is “radioactive” due to the presence of naturally occurring radioactive elements.

It was learned that the cargo was intended to be hauled to San Mateo, Rizal.

In the MICP incident, the BOC found out Thursday that the shipment involving a 40-foot container contained electronic waste, a prohibited importation, instead of used television parts and electric parts as declared.

The BOC said the shipment was consigned to Vision Restore and Equipment Corporation. Records showed that it arrived at the MICP on Nov. 6, 2019 from South Korea.

 
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