Mindanao solon wants total ban on import and export of waste

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By JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL
June 14, 2019

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MISAMIS ORIENTAL (MDN Mindanao News digital, June 14) - Responding to the recent fiasco making the Philippines the dumping ground of garbage and waste materials from other countries, Misamis Oriental 2nd District Representative Juliette Uy sounded alarm bells and called on Filipinos to declare independence from what she called "imported garbage."

The lady solon in her statement during the commemoration of the 121 Philippine Independence Day, she claimed "enough is enough" for other countries from exporting their garbage and wastes in the Philippines.

There have been lots of instances wherein the Filipino nation were shocked to hear that garbage such as diapers, cellophanes, plastics, among others have reached the country through the local shores in the countryside. Among those very controversial garbage discoveries include that of South Korea, Canada and other countries.

“It is time we declare our independence from imported garbage. My ‘anti-international dumping of garbage bill’ is a total ban and provides for zero exceptions,” the lady solon from Mindanao strongly urged the Filipino people.

House Bill (HB) no, 9207, or the Proposed Total Ban on the Import and Export of Waste Act of 2019 filed by Rep Juliette Uy is a concrete measure in response to the so-called "unceremonious dumping of tons of garbage from Canada and South Korea to the country via cargo vessels, which reportedly put down and tarnished the good image of the Philippines as among the best tourism destination in Asia. Rep Uy also include in the bill the exportation of garbage.

“We must heed the Golden Rule. We should not do unto others what we do not want others to do unto us. We demand respect and so we must also reciprocate with respect,” Rep Uy said in her statement.

Unfortunately, the proposed bill was filed one day before the sine die adjournment of the 17th Congress, the lady representative from Misamis Oriental province vowed to refile the bill during the formal opening of the 18th Congress.

Rep Uy said “I will convince my colleagues in the House to co-author so that by the time the 18th Congress opens session on July 22, it will have wide support and faster progress through the legislative pipeline.” 

Aside from this very challenging bill, the lady solon also intends to file more bills especially on waste recovery, plastic waste, waste redemption and proper management of water and aquatic resources.

“I will also file other bills on plastic waste, waste redemption, waste recovery, and the proper management of our water and aquatic resources. This is an all-out war on waste because we want our country to be beautiful and prosperous.” ###

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Joel Calamba Escol is a journalist since 1991, author and all around person. He plays billiards, paints, does some comic illustrations, cartoons and likes watching CNN and AljazeraTV. He is also an SEO expert. When he's not working, you'll find him gaming and watching hard action movies. He's a total sucker of news and current events. 

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