Mindanao solons to meet in Phividec tomorrow to discuss garbage row

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By MARK FRANCISCO
June 12, 2019

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REPRESENTATIVES of the South Korean government are scheduled to meet Filipino officials and private sector representatives Thursday morning (June 13) at the Phividec Industrial Estate in Misamis Oriental.

Misamis Oriental Second District Congresswoman Juliette T. Uy has confirmed her attendance. Other Mindanaoan solons were invited to the bilateral meeting.

"Details of returning the remaining Verde Soko garbage totalling over five thousand metric tons are expected to be ironed out during the bilateral meeting," Uy said.

"I hope the Verde Soko officials show their faces there, take responsibility, and shoulder the shipping costs, so the South Korean government would not have to. It is good to note the assurance, disclosed by Customs Commissioner Rey Guerrero, of the South Korean government to shoulder the shipping cost," Uy also said.

In his report to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Customs Commissioner Rey Guerrero said, "the Korean government has expressed its commitment in collaborating with the Philippine government to execute the repatriation of these materials should Verde Soko fail to follow the Notice of Repatriation Order which it issued, and its willingness to shoulder the shipping cost without the arrastre and demurrage charges."

“The Port of CDO District Collector informed that PHIVIDEC has already applied for power supply with the Cagayan de Oro Electric Power Light Company (CERALCO) in order that the Balling and Compacting Machine, which are already in place, can be used in the compacting and bagging of the waste materials prior to their shipment to Korea,” Guerrero said in that same report. PR


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