Go be­yond con­fer­ences in clean­ing wa­ter­ways, Filipino of­fi­cials told

Iran Daily - - Cultural Heritage & Environment -

Af­ter the dis­cov­ery of med­i­cal wastes float­ing on the seas off Lapu-lapu City in the Philip­pines, an en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist group is en­cour­ag­ing gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to cre­ate con­crete pro­grams to clean the rivers and other wa­ter­ways.

Pusyon Ki­naiya­han said the med­i­cal waste is­sue was just the “tip of the ice­berg of the on­go­ing garbage prob­lem in the Prov­ince of Cebu and the whole coun­try”, ce­bu­dai­lynews.in­quirer.net wrote.

“The med­i­cal trash is just a part of the enor­mous garbage found in our sur­round­ings. Let us end this mad­ness,” the state­ment read.

The group said gov­ern­ment agen­cies, such as the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources (DENR), its at­tached agen­cies and lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGUS), should act on clean­ing the wa­ter­ways rather than just hold­ing con­fer­ences.

“Yes, there are gaps of what can be done and the in­sti­tu­tional in­ter­ests of some, we only tend to com­mit our­selves in dis­courses in the forms of sum­mits and con­fer­ences and yet failed to lis­ten and act on be­half of those suf­fer­ing from en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­ages; both peo­ple and na­ture,” Ki­naiya­han said.

Since the dis­cov­ery of med­i­cal wastes float­ing on the seas off Barangay Ibo last week, most of the fish­er­men in the area have stopped sail­ing due to fear that their catch might be in­fected from the float­ing trash.

The en­vi­ron­ment of­fi­cers of Lapu-lapu City have also started to pa­trolling the area. They hauled sacks of hos­pi­tal waste that in­cluded used sy­ringes, tubes for oxy­gen tanks and used cot­ton swabs.

The Cen­tral Visayas of­fice of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Bureau (EMB-7), an at­tached agency of DENR, has al­ready im­posed a fine of P250,000 to the hos­pi­tal in Man­daue City from where the med­i­cal trash have been traced and the third party firm it has com­mis­sioned to dis­pose of the waste.


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