Secretary Cimatu should ban garbage importation

May 05, 2019

President Duterte will “declare war” on Canada if it will not retrieve their garbage dumped in  our country. It was a threat  by an exasperated leader who was supposed to inspect rescue operations for  the victims of a strong earthquake that occurred last April.

But what if Canada ignores President Duterte’s threat? Will our country go to war with Canada?

Or will the president say, “it was only a joke!”

Nonetheless, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu should take the cue from the president and immediately issue a department order banning the importation of all kinds of garbage to put an end to the disrespect of the Philippines by other countries.

The Philippines is not a garbage dumping site!

Of course there are many garbage dumping sites in the Philippines but that doesn’t mean that foreign garbage is welcome in our country.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) should ban all kinds of garbage importation and close all kinds of garbage dumpsites in the Philippines and implement household- and barangay-based ecological solid waste management in line with Republic Act 9003.

A report , as told to me, stated that several containers  filled with Canadian garbage were transported to the Capas, Tarlac “sanitary” landfill, again! Is this true?

Some five or six years ago, several containers carrying the then newly arrived Canadian garbage were brought to that same garbage dumping site  from the Bureau of Customs.

A so-called “sanitary” landfill should not accept foreign garbage!

Natuwa marahil noon ang Canada dahil may tumanggap na lalawigan sa kanilang basura.

Nangyari ang pagtatambak ng basura sa Tarlac habang tinutulan pa ito ng  maraming organisasyon maging ‘yaong mula sa lalawigan ng Tarlac  at nagkaroon pa nga ng hearing sa kapitolyo ng lalawigan.

Dahil may tumanggap ng basura ng Canada, inisip marahil ng bansang ito na tapos na ang isyu sa kabastusang ginawa nila.

May nagbulong yata kay PDuterte sa isyu ng basura ng Canada, kaya daw pagdating sa Porac, Pampanga para tingnan ang resulta ng lindol doon, hindi na siya nagdalawang –isip na banggitin at bantaan ng digmaan ang Canada kung hindi nito kukunin ang basura nila sa ating bansa.

Matapang ang ipinakita niyang asta. Kung wala raw mangyayari sa banta niya, maaari raw siyang tawaging Boy Banta.

Ngunit may utos na si Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. na ibalik ang basura ng Canada sa Mayo 15.

Tingnan natin ang mangyayari sa mga banta at utos ng mga pinuno ng Pilipinas.

The Canadian government should now heed the call of Filipinos for them to take their garbage back or the Philippine government should declare Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his officials persona non-grata.

(bangonkalikasan@yahooo.com)