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. 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.” #

    2. 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...

    3. 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.

    4. 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

    • Barbara Smatlanek SUDBURY, CANADA
      • 3 days ago

      WE are burying ourselves in garbage...witness what is left on the curb for pick up ... out of sight out of mind? this will eventually bite us in the ass!

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    • Maria Joriza Bondoc SAN PEDRO, LAGUNA, PHILIPPINES
      • 3 days ago

      This is really disgusting and alarming

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    • John Teri Bernardo DASMARIñAS, PHILIPPINES
      • 6 days ago

      Di basurahan ang Pilipinas.

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    • Geoff Holland CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA
      • 7 days ago

      Basel Convention. I live in Maharlika. If Canada cannot reprocess its own waste, do not produce it in the first place.

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    • Maclloyd Degala ZAMBOANGA, PHILIPPINES
      • 7 days ago

      ipinapakita lang nila na wala silang respeto sa atin, kaya dapat nilang panagutan ang kanilang ginawa

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