The Bureau of Customs in Northern Mindanao (BOC-10) said it will be sending the last batch of imported wastes back to South Korea by next week.
An environmental group is appealing to the public to switch from wearing medical or surgical masks in this pandemic to reusable masks to save the environment.
The Philippine Coast Guard Northern Mindanao (PCG-NM) said they are investigating the oil spill that occurred on the seaport of Barangay Macabalan as efforts are continuing to clean up the spillage.
The Davao City government has advised all government and private search and rescue teams to be on alert and on full operations for possible landslide and flooding brought by tropical depression Ambo.
The outbreak of the novel coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) in China that spread all over the world has played a factor in the delay of the shipment of the remaining 2,000 metric tons of trash back to South Korea, the Bureau of Customs in Northern Mindanao (BOC-10) said Wednesday.
As the last batch of imported trash is expected to be transported back to its country of origin, an official of the regional Bureau of Customs (BOC-10) revealed they are planning to file a complaint against the South Korean government before an international body for the alleged damage that the waste inflicted to the environment.
Following the pronouncement of an environment official on why the Philippines has yet to ratify an international treaty that prohibits imported garbage from entering the country, environmental group EcoWaste Coalition has called on the government anew to strictly impose a ban on waste importation “without further delay.”
Environmental groups have urged everyone to protect the Panigan-Tamugan watershed to keep a clean water source for Dabawenyos.
Environmental group EcoWaste Coalition has expressed optimism that the last two batches of imported trash from South Korea expected to be reshipped on Sunday (Feb. 16) and on Feb. 23 will be the last trafficked wastes from another country that will be dumped into the Philippines.
The first-year implementation of the Rice Liberalization Law (RLL) is taking a toll on local farmers