By LITO RULONA
The 51 container vans full of garbage will be hauled on Sunday as the ship already informed its arrival at the Mindanao International Container Terminal (MICT) and will be shipped back to South Korea after its loading.
This was disclosed by MICT custom port collector John Simon after he was informed on the ship’s arrival on Saturday.
“Ilang tulog na lang at ibabalik na sa South Korea ang mga basura. Parating na ang barko at hahakutin na nila ang mga basura,” he said.
He said the ship is now entering the Philippine sea coming in from Hong Kong. He did not provide the details and identity of the ship assigned to haul back the reported garbage on stand-by at the MICT.
“Sigurohin natin na lahat na mga basura ma-load sa barko at mailbalik sa South Korea,” he added.
Simon said the government of South Korea has facilitated all the possible way in spending the withdrawal of the reported garbage placed inside the 51 container vans. The 51 container vans are the second batch of garbage sent through MICT to the VNS Verde Soko Philippines Industrial Corp. that has a recycling facility at the Phividec Industrial Estate in Sta. Cruz, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.
“Kahiya-hiya man itong ibalik sa kanilang bansa ngunit ito ay violation. Tagumpay ito ng bansa natin,” he said.
He said the shipment back of garbage would be witnessed by some local municipal officials, Department of Environment and Natural Resources-10, Phividec, and other government offices.
The customs bureau would spearhead what it called as “Goodbye Basura”ceremony at the MICT on Sunday morning, hours ahead of the scheduled arrival of a vessel that would bring the garbage back to South Korea.
“After MICT they will proceed to Davao and go directly to South Korea. We will seal all the cargo so that it will contaminate other cargoes inside the ship,” he added.
He said the South Korean government has been closely-monitoring the sending of garbage back to their country.