Tons of trash from SKorea ends up in Cebu

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A shipload of 25,000 metric tons of waste from South Korea was uncovered by the Bureau of Customs (BoC) in the Port of Cebu.

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The discovery was reminiscent of the shipment of waste products from Canada and Japan that were sent to the Philippines several years back.

Based on the alert order issued by Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon, the waste shipment was misdeclared as “solid granular particles of wood chips and synthetic resin.”

The trash was carried by the MV Christina from the Republic of Korea. It arrived at the Cebu port on January 21, 2017.

Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) Director Neil Anthony Estrella said they learned about the waste shipment because of the foul smell emanating from the cargo vessel.

“It stinks. It’s not good. It’s a health hazard,” Estrella told The Manila Times.

He said 100 metric tons have been unloaded from the vessel.

The Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is analyzing the waste determine if it is hazardous or not.

The consignee of the shipment was identified by Estrella as Moving Forward Global Trading Inc. with office address at Robinland Forward Global Trading Inc., Zuelleg, NRA, Cebu City, while the broker was a certain Romer F. Gastador of Blk. 2, Lot 3, F. Jaca St., Saint Michael Subd., Upper Inayawan, Cebu City.

An internal investigation is ongoing to determine if some customs personnel are in cahoots with the consignee and broker.

“The broker has already confessed to me. There were at least three customs personnel involved, including one who is occupying a supervisory level position,” Estrella disclosed.

“Aside from filing charges, we are making sure that the accreditation of the company or companies engaged in the importation of waste products are cancelled,” he said.

Charges of violation of Republic Act 10863 or the Customs Modernization Tariff Act of 2015, among others, will be filed against the consignee and broker while Customs officials involved will face criminal and administrative charges.

Estrella said the BoC will coordinate with other government agencies so that the waste materials will be returned to South Korea.

This is not the first time that waste materials were exported to the Philippines by South Korea. Officials in Mandaue City also earlier discovered imported waste materials from Korea dumped by a private company in a rented lot in the city.

“We are now tracing the paper trail and other documents pertaining to that,” Estrella said.

In 2013, 55 container vans of imported waste from Canada were uncovered by Customs authorities. They were declared as scrap plastic materials for recycling but were found to contain rotting household waste and soggy paper.

In 1999, 120 container vans of trash from Japan were also discovered by Customs authorities.

But unlike the Canadian government which refused to accept the return of its waste, Japan chartered a ship to take back the trash shipment.

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6 Comments

  1. “The Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is analyzing the waste to determine if it is hazardous or not.”

    There is no need to determine if the garbage is hazardous or not because it is very obvious that by the nature of the waste material it is loaded with pathogens and toxic chemicals hence, a health hazard.

  2. PilipinasAngBayanKo on

    Walang awa din itong Canada…mabuti pa talaga ang mga Hapones…marunong kumilala ng pagkakamali…Taon na pala binilang ng kaso ng waste from Canada, bakit hanggang ngayon wala pa ding nakakasuhan at napaparusahan? Wala na ba talaga tayong respeto sa sarili nating bayan? Paki asikaso naman yan mga kina-uukulan!

  3. Government is good only in bringing out issues…. there are many scenarios that never been solved. They will do a nice fabricated dialog just for the poor low-minded Filipinos to show they were working.

    That is why this morons get fuck (scolding) from educated Filipinos.

    Or… if solved that will be paying big sum ($$$$$$$$$$$$) to BOC or other involved party. For sure there is no one will accept they are in the corruption. Each one of them will just point finger and other severe cases, who ever leak the infos will be found dead in the river.

  4. Government is only good in bringing out the issues…. there are many scenarios that never been solved. They just do nice a fabrications of dialog just for the poor low minded Filipino to show they are working.

    That is why this morons get fuck (scolding) from educated Filipinos.

    Or if solve that is by paying big amount ($$$$$$$$$$$$) to BOC or other involve party. There is no one will accept they are in the corruption scandal. Each one of them will just point finger, other severe cases those who leak the infos will be found dead in the river.

  5. This is outrageous !! Are we now the dumping ground of garbage of other countries? I hope that we PUNISH SEVERELY the consignees and the customs officials who allowed this to happen. PUT THEM IN JAIL INDEFINITELY.

  6. Faces of corruption are unfolding….that even the scandal of 2013 has not been resolved…matters like this should be reinvestigated…news of a public official went around bribing everybody to keep their mouth shut.