Re export the 50 (forty footer) container vans filled with mixed waste and  trash from the Philippines to Canada @leonaaglukkaq @CanEmbPH @AmbCanPH @HonJohnBaird
  • Petitioning The Canadian Embassy in Manila

This petition will be delivered to:

The Canadian Embassy in Manila
Minister of Environment, The Government of Canada
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq

Re export the 50 (forty footer) container vans filled with mixed waste and trash from the Philippines to Canada @leonaaglukkaq @CanEmbPH @AmbCanPH @HonJohnBaird

    1. Anna Marie Kapunan
    2. Petition by

      Anna Marie Kapunan

      Quezon City, Philippines

CANADA PICK UP YOUR GARBAGE!!!

PHILIPPINES IS NOT YOUR TRASH CAN!!!

In June 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) started to receive tons of importation of 50 forty foot container vans from Canada filled with USED mixed heterogeneous waste composed of USED plastic bags, bottles, newspaper, household garbage, and even used adult diaper. THE importation is under the name of CHRONIC PLASTICS as both, CONSIGNEE and SOLD TO PARTY. On the hand, CHRONIC INC. is the SHIPPER.

The BOC DECLARED THE 50 FORTY FOOTER container vans filled with used heterogeneous wastes as UNLAWFUL IMPORTATION pursuant to Republic Act 6969 entitled, “Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Waste and Control Act of 1990”. In the same manner, the importation constitute ILLEGAL TRADE pursuant to the BASEL Convention On The Control Of Transboundary Movements Of Hazardous Waste And Their Disposal.

On 13 March 2014, the  Department of Health (DOH)- Bureau of Quarantine inspected the container vans and reported that the 18 OPENED container vans need to be  DISINFECTED the soonest time possible. The cost of the disinfection will be shouldered by the Philippine government; and the cost effective way of disinfecting is through sodium hypochlorite (bleach solution).

On 17 March 2014, upon consultation with ANG NARS, BOC, and DOH- Bureau of Quarantine, the parties have agreed on the ORGANIC method of disinfecting. Albeit its cost (roughly P20,000.00 to disinfect the 18 opened vans) , it will however benefit the neighboring communities and the environment, specifically the Manila Bay, for being less abrasive in decreasing the risks of health hazards.

In February 2014, the BOC filed a complaint before the Department of justice against Chronic Plastics.

The 50 container vans, until now, are left in the vicinity of the BOC. The garbage juice are now LEAKING and pose extreme health hazards and irreversible environmental problems in our country.

In sum, this illegal trade or unlawful importation violates the rights of the parties under the Basel Convention, thus:

On 22 March 1988, The Basel Convention was adopted where Philippines is a signatory. It is  principally designed  "to reduce the movements of hazardous waste between nations, and specifically to prevent transfer of hazardous waste from developed to less developed countries." The primary objective  of this treaty is “to protect human health  and environment against  the adverse effects of hazardous wastes.” This prohibits trafficking of wastes.

ANG NARS, together with  Public Services Labor Confederation  (PSLINK), Ateneo School of Government (ASOG), Greenpeace, Green Convergence, Ecowaste Coalition, Mother Earth Foundation, and Ban Toxics petition the Canadian Embassy to hasten the RE-EXPORTATION of the 50 FORTY FOOTER container vans to Canada; to REIMBURSE the actual cost incurred by the Philippine government; and, to RESTITUTE the damages it may have caused.

NO to Canadian garbage transboundary movement!

Philippines is NOT a dumping soil of Canadian garbage!

Kalusugan Para Sa Bayan!

To:
The Canadian Embassy in Manila
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Environment, The Government of Canada
Re export the 50 (forty footer) container vans filled with mixed waste and trash from the Philippines to Canada.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Canada dump to be disposed in Philippine landfill

      Anna Marie Kapunan
      Petition Organizer

      It has been 468 days since the first batch of container vans filled with Canadian garbage arrived in the Philippine port... by any standard that is a long and slow process of recalling any contraband from one port area to another. The Canadian Embassy in the Philippines has been very quiet about the issue, more of apathy, I guess. In my opinion, that is a BLATANT VIOLATION OF BASEL CONVENTION.

      16 container vans filled with garbage mostly consisting of community wastes are now in danger of being permanently disposed in our soil. YES, THE IMPORTED CANADIAN GARBAGE ARE NOW BEING CONSIDERED TO BE DUMPED IN OUR LAND.

      The letter of the Department of Environment and Natural resources (DENR) to their Canadian counterpart Ministry of Environment Canada, dated July 17, 2014 REMAINED UNANSWERED. The Minister of Canada Hon. Leona Aglukkaq NEVER RESPONDED TO THE LETTER ADDRESSED TO HER. Despite the assurance of the Canadian Embassy that they will help look into the matter, no effort has been done to bring back the container vans back to Canada.

      In an effort to revive the issue and gain public awareness, environmental groups Greenpeace, Ecowaste Coalition, Ban Toxics, Mother Earth Foundation, Green Convergence, and public health advocates ANG NARS, PSLINK and Ateneo School of Government gathered for a media forum on October 9, 2014 to expose the plan to dispose the Canadian garbage in the Philippine soil. Below are the links to the media forum.

      http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/groups-slam-government-plan-to-dispose-of-canadian-toxic-garbage-in-phl/ (pasted below)

      http://globalnation.inquirer.net/112271/eco-groups-slam-plans-to-dispose-of-canada-wastes-in-philippine-soil

      http://www.manilatimes.net/groups-say-govt-lenient-toxic-waste-dumping/133158/

      http://www.malaya.com.ph/business-news/news/are-we-going-be-stuck-waste-shipment-canada

      http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/video/220918/balitanghali/iba-t-ibang-grupo-nanawagang-ibalik-ang-50-container-vans-na-may-laman-umanong-basura-sa-canada

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqnTyNQuEM8

      http://www.interaksyon.com/article/96991/groups-call-for-re-export-of-waste-filled-container-vans-to-canada

      http://lightnetwork.ph/basura-mula-canada-na-nakatengga-sa-mga-daungan-sa-pilipinas-kinondena-ng-mga-environmental-groups/

      http://gulfnews.com/news/world/philippines/green-groups-pull-up-environment-agency-1.1396349

      https://www.facebook.com/ANGNARSpartylist/photos/a.343170649197959.1073741894.180699158778443/343168439198180/?type=1&theater

      468 days has passed. Our government has incurred losses of Ph P67,316,480 or $1,688,438.92 in Canadian currency. We will not stop counting and calculating until the Canadian Embassy owns up to its responsibility of picking up the Canadian garbage.

      From this day on, we will launch a count down to 500 days. We will be more aggressive and vigilant in this campaign. We will involve all levels of government and all avenues for lobbying. We hope that this will help facilitate steps that will be instituted to resolve the issue.

      We reiterate "PICK UP YOUR GARBAGE CANADA. GIVE US THE DECENCY AND RESPECT WE SO DESERVE AS A NATION. WE LIVE IN A CIVILISED WORLD WHERE PEOPLE MAKE RULES AND FOLLOW RULES. DO YOUR SHARE AS A SIGNATORY TO THE BASEL CONVENTION. MY HOME LAND IS NOT YOUR GARBAGE BIN"

      Groups slam government plan to dispose of Canadian toxic garbage in PHL

      ENVIRONMENTAL groups, lawmakers and non-governmental organizations have castigated the Aquino administration for trying to dispose of the toxic trash sent here from Canada, saying Manila is not Ottawa's sanitary landfill.

    2. CONGRESSWOMAN LEAH PAQUIZ FILES A RESOLUTION FOR INQUIRY ON UNLAWFUL IMPORTATION OF CANADA TRASH

      Anna Marie Kapunan
      Petition Organizer

      Here's a press release on House resolution filed to probe Canada's trash

      PETITION URL change.org/takeitbackcanada

      Congresswoman Leah Paquiz filed House Resolution No. 1525 today, directing the Committee on Ecologyto investigate, in aid of legislation, the unlawful importation of fifty (50) container vans filled with mixed wastes from Canada.

      The move by the representative from the ANG NARS partylist follows Sen. Mirriam Santiago’s move to investigate the trash from Canada, which is the subject of a petition in Change.org with more than 23,500 signers.

      “We have waited enough for protocol and diplomacy to take its
      course. As a legislator, I have a responsibility to the Filipino people to look into this matter,” Rep. Paquiz said. She has previously coordinated with the Bureau of Customs (BOC), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
      regarding health hazards and environmental concerns as a cause of alarm brought about by the unlawful importation of garbage from Canada.

      “The illegal traffic from Canada has brought about economic repercussions as well. The Philippine Government have incurred more than P60,000,000.00 (around $1,500,850 Canadian) in losses brought about by the storage and demurrage of the 50 container vans. It had also aggravated our problems in port congestion,” she added further.

      Her message to the Canadian Embassy? “Respect the BASEL CONVENTION and pick up your garbage. It is the PROPER, CIVIC and DEMOCRATIC thing to do.”

      Petition starter Anna Marie Kapunan said 106 pro-environment
      groups support the call, “Canada: Pick up your garbage”. Among these are Ban Toxics, Greenpeace, Ecowaste Coalition, Mother Earth Foundation and Green Convergence, Congresswoman Leah Paquiz is hopeful that a solution to the illegal transboundary movement of wastes into our country will be realized.

      In an update to petition signers, Kapunan said the Bureau of Customs had initially tried to prevent further loss of revenues by disposing 18 opened container vans in dumpsites across the country. The plan was halted due to the opposition of ANG NARS, Ecowaste, Greenpeace, Mother Earth Foundation, and Ban Toxics.

      “Despite all these problems cropping up, Canadian Embassy in the Philippines has remained mum on the issue,” Kapunan said. “Refusing to acknowledge its responsibility in the situation as a signatory to Basel Convention.” #

    3. Senate Inquiry on Canadian Garbage exported to Philippines

      Anna Marie Kapunan
      Petition Organizer

      We now have 23,454 signers in the petition. Thank you for all your support. Please send this link https://www.change.org/p/the-canadian-embassy-in-manila-re-export-the-50-forty-footer-container-vans-filled-with-mixed-waste-and-trash-from-the-philippines-to-canada-leonaaglukkaq-canembph-ambcanph-honjohnbaird and forward to your friends, family members and co-workers. We need more people to know about the Canadian garbage exported to the Philippine soil.

      Aside from the petition signers, we also have 106 pro-environment groups who have heeded our call “Canada: Pick up your garbage”. The 50 container vans of garbage from Canada have brought about problems of port congestion, health hazards, environmental issues and revenue losses to our country. As of September 17, 2014 our government has incurred a loss of PhP60,411,280.00 or $1,500,850.61 in Canadian currency due to storage and demurage of the 50 container vans.

      The Bureau of Customs in an attempt to solve the problem of congestion and to prevent further losses of revenues initially planned to dispose the 18 opened container vans filled with garbage in the dumpsites in our country. Fortunately, this was disallowed by pro-environmental groups like ANG NARS, Ecowaste, Greenpeace, Mother Earth Foundation, and Ban Toxics. Despite all these problems cropping up, Canadian Embassy in the Philippines has remained mum on the issue. Refusing to acknowledge its responsibility in the situation as a signatory to Basel Convention.

      Yesterday, we received good news that Senator Miriam Santiago filed a resolution for Senate inquiry on the Canadian garbage. Please click link : http://www.rappler.com/science-nature/environment/69230-miriam-santiago-toxic-waste-dumping

      We hope this will somehow influence the CANADIAN EMBASSY TO FINALLY SET THE DATE AND TIME WHEN THEY INTEND TO PICK THE 50 CONTAINER VANS OF GARBAGE AT THE PORT OF MANILA.

      The Canadian Embassy in Manila: Re export the 50 (forty footer) container vans filled with mixed waste and trash from the Philippines to Canada @leonaaglukkaq @CanEmbPH @AmbCanPH @HonJohnBaird

      CANADA PICK UP YOUR GARBAGE!!! PHILIPPINES IS NOT YOUR TRASH CAN!!! In June 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) started to receive tons of...

    4. Disaster Looms

      Anna Marie Kapunan
      Petition Organizer

      429 days have passed since the arrival of the first batch of garbage to the Philippine shores. To this date our government has incurred losses due to storage and demurage amounting to PhP59,876,680.00 or $1,495,136.81 in Canadian dollars. Rainy season has started, and our fears of garbage leaching have come true. The health of our people is at risk from the leaking garbage juice. Not to mention the environmental impacts the hazardous wastes can cause.

      Despite the meeting and assurance from the Canadian Embassy that they will look into the matter, NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE TO PICK UP THE GARBAGE from the Port of Manila. The officials of the Canadian Embassy have seen before their very eyes the leaking garbage and they have smelled the foul odor emanating from the container vans. Despite seeing the actual garbage imported from Canada, the Embassy officials issued a statement acknowledging the fact the Philippines may return the imported garbage. We would like to reiterate our petition, Canada: pick up your garbage.

      Philippines and Canada are both parties to the Treaty of Basel Convention. In the mentioned treaty, it is the exporting country’s (in this case Canada) obligation to transport the hazardous wastes to its country of origin. As the representative of the Canadian government, we urge the Canadian Embassy to do its part in facilitating the return of the said container vans back to the Canadian soil where it should be dumped. Under the Basel Convention, these wastes should be shipped back to the country of origin within 30 days. We now wait upon the CANADIAN EMBASSY TO SET THE TIME AND DATE WHEN THEY SHOULD PICK UP THE EXPORTED GARBAGE.

      ANG NARS, Ban Toxics, Ecowaste Coalition, Greenpeace, Green Convergence, Mother Earth Foundation, PS LINK and Ateneo School of Government, appeal to the Canadian Embassy to facilitate the collection and deportation of the 50 container vans of garbage back to the Canadian soil.

      http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/633012/to-decongest-manila-port-send-back-trash-diaper-cargo-to-canada

      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203389703880345&set=a.3456028556493.160494.1144216651&type=1&theater

      'To decongest Manila port, send back trash, diaper cargo to Canada'

      MANILA, Philippines-Looking for a quick way to ease congestion at the Port of Manila? An environmental group has proposed a solution: Send back to Canada 50 freight containers of toxic waste shipped by an Ontario-based company to its consignee in Valenzuela City last year.

    5. Reached 20,000 signatures

    Supporters

    @BANToxics

    Apr 02, 2014

    Sign the petition now! | Canada Pick Up Your Garbage! Philippines Is Not Your Trash Can! http://t.co/uYyHmFmPFI

    Ban Toxics!
    126 followers

    @EcoWastePH

    Mar 26, 2014

    RT @paengLopez: The Canadian Embassy in Manila: Re: Return The 50 Container Vans Filled With Mixed Waste To Canada. http://t.co/XsZTjaeDdn

    EcoWaste Coalition
    356 followers

    @gpph

    Apr 02, 2014

    SIGN the petition to call on the Canadian government to hasten the re-exportation of their waste back to Canada ▶ http://t.co/ypTSYCchUx

    Greenpeace Pilipinas
    14.9k followers

    @sibobpo

    Mar 27, 2014

    May napulot ang Pilipinas na hindi sa kanya. Ibalik natin sa may-ari! --> http://t.co/vgazISlHOL via @ChangePilipinas

    Bob Ong
    81.1k followers

    @peachybrets

    Mar 21, 2014

    Canadian Embassy MLA: Re export the 50 (40-footer) containers w/ mix waste/trash back to Canada! http://t.co/R35mR2Z9i1 via @ChangePilipinas

    Peachy Bretaña
    564 followers

    @tonylavs

    Mar 21, 2014

    We co-signed this petition asking canada to repatriate toxic waste that came from it. http://t.co/drV6TUrTEt

    Tony La Viña
    4.15k followers

    Reasons for signing

    • Lynelle Mendoza MANILA, NCR, PHILIPPINES, PHILIPPINES
      • 2 days ago

      Dahil hindi dakilang tapunan ang bayan ko.

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    • Al-Nair Eric Esquivias MANILA, PHILIPPINES
      • 3 days ago

      As an independent country we have our rights and responsibilities, not only to our citizens but also to our surrounding environment. We cannot let this happen. We must fight on what we truly deserve and not serve as a trash disposal of another country. We take care of our own trash let them take care of there own.

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    • Arnold Tolentino MALOLOS CITY, PHILIPPINES
      • 3 days ago

      This is not right that they make our country a garbage dumping place ...

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    • diana mariano QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES
      • 4 days ago

      it will greatly affect our whole environment and health

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    • cicero azcuna DIPOLOG CITY, PHILIPPINES
      • 4 days ago

      we dont want your garbage. our country dont need it.

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