Ship taking back Korean garbage arriving


The ship that will return 6,500 metric tons of imported garbage to South Korea is arriving Sunday, 13 January, an official of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) in Mindanao said Saturday.

The arrival of the cargo vessel, MV Kalliroe V852S, was delayed as it was originally scheduled to dock at the Mindanao International Container Port on 9 January, according to BoC Collector John Simon.

The vessel will load 1,500 tons of South Korean trash inside 51 containers for transport back to South Korea on Sunday, said Simon.

The BoC will hold a ceremony for the occasion to show how harmonious cooperation between South Korea and the Philippines solves situation like the garbage dumping. Misamis Oriental 2nd District Rep. Juliette Uy was invited to attend the ceremony and the lawmaker accepted the invitation.

“I accept the invitation because it will give me the opportunity, on behalf of my constituents in the Second District of Misamis Oriental, to thank the Government of South Korea, the Bureau of Customs, the DENR, the environmental NGOs, and others who swiftly addressed this solid waste management issue,” Uy said in a statement on Saturday.

The trash imported by Verde Soko Philippines Industrial Corp. was unloaded in Tagoloan in June.