Legarda : Recall of envoys from Canada, reminder that PH not a dumping site

Legarda : Recall of envoys from Canada, reminder that PH not a dumping site




Take that Canada!!!


After the confirmation of the Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. that Philippine envoys to Canada have been recalled due to Ottawa’s failure to ship out its garbage from Manila within the May 15 deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte, senator Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate committee on foreign relations made a statement reminding Canada that the Philippines is not a dumping site of other countries’ garbage.


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“This is a reminder to other countries that the Philippines is not their dumping site. Solid waste management should be enforced within each country and within their communities,” outgoing senator Legarda said.

“With our strong political will and even stronger cooperation among groups and advocates, we will remain vigilant in safeguarding any threats against our environment and health,” she added.
From 2013 to 2014,under the Aquino administration, a total of 103 container vans from Canada reportedly arrived in batches at the Port of Manila.

The container vans was initially declared to contain only plastic scraps. However, it was found to have non-recyclable plastics, household wastes and used adult diapers.
“It is unacceptable that six years since these containers were shipped to our shores and that despite assurances from the Canadian government to help remove them, their waste is still here, posing significant health and environment risks in our country,” Legarda said.
“Many ecotourism areas in our country are undergoing major rehabilitation from environmental degradation, and this strong resolve against Canada’s waste dump is another push towards ensuring the protection of our environment, natural resources, and health,” she added.

Canada with its international image tarnished by dumping its garbage in the Philippines vows to work closely for the “swift resolution” so that the container vans will be shipped back to Canada.
"Canada is disappointed by this decision to recall the Philippine ambassador and consuls general. However, we will continue to closely engage with the Philippines to ensure a swift resolution of this important issue," Guillaume Bérubé, spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) 




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