Sa­bal wants Phividec pe­nal­ized

Phividec no-show in 3 SP hear­ings on con­tro­ver­sial garbage ship­ment from S.Korea

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By Al­wen Salir­ing

Aprovin­cial board mem­ber of Misamis Ori­en­tal is mulling to have the Phividec In­dus­trial Au­thor­ity sanc­tioned in light of the con­tro­ver­sial garbage ship­ment from South Korea to Tagoloan town.

Board mem­ber Ger­ardo Sa­bal yes­ter­day said he would rec­om­mend to the capi­tol’s leg­isla­tive body to study what charges deemed fit to file against Phividec af­ter it ig­nored the Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lalaw­igan (SP) hear­ings thrice.

“Amo man gyud gita­gaan og lug­way ang Phividec to ex­plain their side pero kung moabot sa punto nga wala nay re­speto kanato mo-rec­om­mend kita sa SP og ac­tion to­wards sa Phividec,” Sa­bal said.

The top of­fi­cials of Verde Soko Philip­pines In­dus­trial Corp.re­spon­si­ble for the close to 6,500 tons of garbage ship­ment have ap­peared at the third round of SP hear­ing to shed light on the is­sue.

The ship­ment, “mis­de­clared” as plas­tic syn­thetic flakes was ac­tu­ally con­tain­ing trash like wood, metal, and other waste ma­te­ri­als ac­cord­ing to the Bu­reau of Cus­toms (BOC).

But, Sa­bal said no one from Phividec joined the in­quiry.

“Da­pat ila unta giubanan ang ilang lo­ca­tor sa hear­ing para mag­pak­laro sa hitabo kay mismo ang lung­sod sa Tagoloan wala kahibalo sa hitabo,” he said.

He said he may likely au­thor res­o­lu­tions declar­ing them per­sona non grata or have the present of­fi­cials re­placed.

Sa­bal also learned that Phividec

lacks co­or­di­na­tion with the lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit.

“Mga pos­si­bil­ity lang kana kay de­pende man kana sa atong mga kauban sa SP,” Sa­bal said.

With this, Sa­bal also said he wants to have the char­ter of Phividec vis­ited and pos­si­bly amend some pro­vi­sions if need be.

He said this rec­om­men­da­tion will be for­warded to the congress which has the ju­ris­dic­tion over Phividec.

“It needs the act of congress to do that if ever naa tay makita nga need i-amend ato nang irec­om­mend,” Sa­bal said.

“Na-cre­ate ang Phividec sa 1974, in or­der for an in­sti­tu­tion to work har­mo­niously it has to go with the chang­ing times,” he added.

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