The government of South Korea will take back by June 30 the remaining 5,177 tons of waste which was illegally shipped to Misamis Oriental, Philippines. This was the result of the recent bilateral meeting in Tagoloan town and chaired by Port Collector John Simon and government officials from the two countries.

In its Facebook post, Ecowaste Coalition said present during the said meeting were Representative Juliette Uy, Provincial Board Member Gerardo Sabal III, District Collector Floro Calixihan Jr., Port Collector John Simon and EMB-Region 10 legal chief Abbas Lao, and representatives of the Korean government led by Mr. Young –Dae Jung, Director General of the Ministry of Environment.

photo by Ecowaste Coalition

Accordingly, three options were considered as follows:

  1. retrieving the waste back to Korea with the precondition that the Philippines covers all costs concerning repacking, containerizing, transporting the waste to the port, and clearing the customs;
  2. establishing an incineration facility by Korea in the Philippines; and
  3. landfilling or incinerating the waste within the Philippines first, then after that paying the treatment cost.

Here’s a copy of the minutes.

Cargo consignee Verde Soko and a logistics firm will reportedly undertake the rebagging and transport of the garbage from Phividec to the port.

photo by Ecowaste Coalition

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