DENR liable for Canada’s illegal garbage shipment according to the Ombudsman - The Daily Sentry

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DENR liable for Canada’s illegal garbage shipment according to the Ombudsman



Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary Juan Miguel Cuna in left photo, 2013 illegal shipment of unrecyclable trash of Canada right photo. Images credit to DENR photos and Rappler 

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary Juan Miguel Cuna is now being charged by the Office of the Ombudsman for the 2013 illegal shipment of unrecyclable trash of Canada.


Juan Miguel Cuna, recently appointed by President Benigno S. Aquino as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Assistant Secretary. Image credit to EMB

It was revealed by the investigation of the Ombudsman that the Canada-based company Chronic Plastics declared that their container van shipments contained plastic scrap materials to be recycled. Sadly Cuna issued a June 19, 2013 dated Registry Certificate for the Importation of Recyclable Materials Containing Hazardous Substances  which allowed the import of the garbage shipment despite the Importer’s Registry Sheet having a lack thereof details.


Other than that, the Ombudsman also discovered that there was an preexisting notice of violation against the Canadian company but still, Cuna issued six importation clearances for them.

With that being said, Cuna was found guilty for misconduct. He is now suspended for three months without pay but the Ombudsman may still prove that the Undersecretary violated the anti-graft law for mishandling the Canadian garbage shipment.

Some of Canada's waste has already been moved to a garbage dump in Tarlac province. Photo by ABS-CBN News

Speaking of the Canadian company, Chronic Plastics is now in the midst of a law suit after violating Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act and the 1995 Basel Convention on the Trans boundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and Disposal.

Despite Canadian officials denying the fact that the shipment contained zero hazardous wastes, the Philippines still has the right to return this shipment since based on the international country between the two countries, “the exporting country must take back the waste materials if the receiving country refuses to accept them.”









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Source: ABS-CBN