An alliance of progressive party-list groups on Tuesday strongly urged Congress to start its investigation on the entry of Canadian waste into the country.
Obet de Castro, deputy secretary general of Koalisyong Makabayan, said the Senate and House of Representatives should start the investigation to ascertain the scope of the culpability of officials of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) who allowed the entry of at least 26 container vans of garbage from Canada and the Metro Clark Waste Manufacturing Corp. that accepted the garbage.
Koalisyon Makabayan is composed of Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Kabataan, Alliance of Concerned Teachers, Anakpawis, Migrante, Sulong Katribu, Pagkakaisa ng mga Tsuper at Operators Nationwide (PISTON), and Akap Bata.
De Castro made the call after learning that the committees in the Senate and in the House assigned to handle the issue have not scheduled their respective investigation.
Senator Ferdinand R. Marcos filed Senate Resolution No. 1449 that seeks to institutionalize “more stringent measures to protect the public and environment from toxic and hazardous materials as well as ensure environmentally sound waste management.”
Reps. Neri Colminares and Carlos Isagani Zarate lodged House Resolution No. 2220 urging Congress to dig deeper into various issues surrounding the dumping of the garbage in the Philippines, including the failure of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to act on the matter.
De Castro said charges should be filed against officials who allowed the entry of the garbage for violating Republic Act No. 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act and Republic Act No. 6969, or Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Waste Control Act.