Philippine and South Korean officials have agreed on June 30 as their target date for shipping out over 5,000 metric tons of garbage from the Phividec Industrial Estate through the Port of Tagoloan, according to Misamis Oriental 2nd District Rep. Juliette T. Uy, who attended the bilateral meeting.
“For the next two weeks, the imported garbage consignee Verde Soko and a logistics firm will undertake the rebagging and transport of the garbage from Phividec to the port in shipping containers,” Uy said.
“For their part, the South Korean side will ‘find and provide” and available vessel while Philippine officials will inform them of when at least 20 containerized garbage is ready for shipping back to South Korea,” Uy added.
Uy said the June 13 meeting took the whole day and another meeting will be convened to tackle other matters.
At the meeting were Director General Yeong-Dae Jung of South Korea’s Ministry of Environment, Congresswoman Uy, Customs District Collector Floro Calixihan, Mindanao Container Terminal Port Collector John Simon, Misamis Oriental Provincial Board Member Gerardo Sabal III, and Atty. Abbas Lao of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Environmental Management Bureau in Region 10.
In her remarks at the start of the meeting, Congresswoman Uy asked the South Korean government to share with the Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice relevant information that can help in the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases.
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