Bambi eyes ‘re­cy­cling’ Sokor trash

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

While Misamis Ori­en­tal Gov­er­nor Yevgeny Emano sup­ports the re­turn of garbage ship­ment back to South Ko­rea, he is also look­ing into whether the haz­ardous wastes could be re­cy­cled and pro­cessed into plas­tic chairs through the Vil­lar Si­pag Foun­da­tion.

Emano said he would try to bring the staff of Se­na­tor Cyn­thia Vil­lar to visit and check the 5,100 tons of garbage stored in the plant site of Verde Soko in Sta. Cruz, Tagoloan town.

“Gusto nato mabisi­ta­han lang ug ma-check if it might work for the re­cy­cling pro­gram of Se­na­tor Vil­lar,”Emano said.

“Pan­ingkamotan nato nga madala ang mga tawo ni Se­na­tor Vil­lar sa Tagoloan kay basin og dili na ki­na­hanglan iba­lik sa Ko­rea ang ba­sura ug mag­a­mit pa para hi­moon sa bangko,”he added.

But, the gov­er­nor main­tained that he fa­vors the re­turn of the ship­ments to South Ko­rea be­cause “we are not a dump­ing site for garbage.”

Emano also lauded the ef­forts of the provin­cial board and other gov­ern­ment agen­cies who all worked to­gether from the dis­cov­ery of the garbage un­til it is sched­uled to be shipped back to South Ko­rea.

The sec­ond ship­ment con­tain­ing 1,400 tons of garbage and placed in 51 con­tainer vans is set to be sent back to South Ko­rea to­day, while the re­turn of the first ship­ment which con­tained the 5,100 tons

of garbage has no def­i­nite sched­ule yet.

Emano said the provin­cial gov­ern­ment has been urg­ing res­i­dents in the prov­ince to ac­tively col­lect plas­tic wastes for con­ver­sion into plas­tic chairs through the Vil­lar Si­pag Foun­da­tion.

These chairs, he said will be dis­trib­uted to el­e­men­tary schools in the prov­ince.

How­ever, Cus­toms col­lec­tor John Si­mon of the Min­danao In­ter­na­tional Con­tainer Port, said the haz­ardous wastes must be re­turned to South Ko­rea be­cause of the vi­o­la­tions on cus­toms and en­vi­ron­men­tal laws.

“Ang si­nasabi sa batas ang house­hold wastes kung saan karami­han ay laman ng ba­sura na yan ay di pwe­deng pa­pa­sukin sa bansa dahil may batas nga alin­sunod sa Basel Con­ven­tion,” Si­mon said.

Si­mon said the law must be amended first be­fore any­one wants to make use of the garbage ship­ment for re­cy­cling or what­ever pur­pose.

“Baguhin muna ang batas saka tayo mag-usap about re­cy­cling. Hang­gat ang batas ay nandyan susunod tayo dahil kaya nahuli yan dahil may batas tayo and ang role namin is to im­ple­ment the law,”Si­mon said.

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