South Korea to take back trash dumped in Philippines

November 22, 2018
Trash - Container van

AFTER constant urging by and protest from concerned environmental group EcoWaste Coalition (EWC), the South Korean government has decided to take back the illegal shipment dumped in Misamis Oriental.

According to EWC national coordinator Aileen Lucero, the Korean Embassy informed them of the move to ship the illegal garbage back to where it originated.

Last November 15, the environmental health and justice group staged a protest action outside the Korean Embassy in Taguig City urging them to act on the controversial shipment.

The Korean government through its embassy quickly responded.

In an email, the Korean Embassy stated, “The Embassy of the Republic of Korea would like to inform you the government has taken action on the recent controversy of waste imported to the Philippines.”

According to the press release posted to the Embassy website, the Korean government “would take measures to have the wastes in question be brought back to Korea as soon as possible.”

South Korea’s government action drew immediate cheers from the EWC, which last November 15 picketed the Embassy unveiling a banner that says “Please take your garbage back” in English and Korean.  Dubbed as K-BOP (Korea: Basura Out of the Philippines) action, the protest attracted wide media coverage in the Philippines as well as in Korea.