Environmental groups urge Duterte to ratify Basel Ban Amendment


Posted at Jun 04 2019 02:12 AM

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MANILA - Environmental groups have called on President Rodrigo Duterte to ratify the Basel Ban Amendment, which prohibits the export of waste to developing countries like the Philippines.

Lea Guerrero of Greenpeace Philippines and Bea Baconguis of GAIA Asia Pacific told ANC's "Talkback" that Duterte made a bold move in pressuring Canada to take back tons of garbage it sent to the Philippines years ago. But they said changing the country's laws would show the President is serious in addressing the Philippines' waste problem.

"If we look at examples of other countries, they've actually instituted import bans and they've cracked down on all these importers. There is something missing that we're not doing," Guerrero said.

Meanwhile, Baconguis said, "We really need to be serious at how environment department, customs works to be able to do a thorough check at how this waste that come in."

The Philippines signed the Basel Convention in 1989 and was entered into force in the country in 1994. Manila, however, has yet to ratify an amendment of the treaty.