South Korean trash in Misamis to be shipped out June 30

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OVER 5,000 met­ric tons of plas­tic waste im­ported from South Korea will be shipped back to the South­east Asian coun­try by June 30, Misamis Ori­en­tal 2nd Distric Rep. Juli­ette Uy an­nounced Fri­day, June 14, 2019.

Uy said Philip­pine and South Korean of­fi­cials agreed on the June 30 tar­get date dur­ing a bi­lat­eral meet­ing held on Thurs­day, June 13.

The South Korean garbage was im­ported by Korean com­pany Verde Soko II In­dus­trial Cor­po­ra­tion, a lo­ca­tor at the Phividec In­dus­trial Es­tate in Tagoloan, Misamis Ori­en­tal.

“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 in a press state­ment.

“For their part, the South Korean side will ‘find and pro­vide” an avail­able ves­sel while Philip­pine of­fi­cials will in­form them of when at least 20 con­tainer­ized garbage is ready for ship­ping back to South Korea,” she con­tin­ued.

Uy said she asked the South Korean rep­re­sen­ta­tive Direc­tor Gen­eral Yeong-dae Jung of the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment to co­or­di­nate with the Philip­pines’ Na­tional Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­part­ment of Jus­tice on the con­duct of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the ship­ment and the pos­si­ble fil­ing of crim­i­nal charges against those in­volved.

Also in the meet­ing were Cus­toms Dis­trict Col­lec­tor Folor Cal­ix­i­han, Min­danao Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal Port Col­lec­tor John Si­mons, Misamis Ori­en­tal Provin­cial Board Mem­ber Ger­ardo Sa­bal III, and Ab­bas Lao of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Bu­reau in North­ern Min­danao.

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