Green groups and public health advocates exposed the dirty plans of the Philippine government to permanently dispose the Canadian toxic wastes here in our country. In photo are Rep. Leah Paquiz of Ang NARS Party-list, Von Hernandez of Greenpeace, and Angelica Carballo-Pago of BAN Toxics. (photo by Aurora Malaya)
Six years after the ratification of the controversial Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA), [i] environmental justice group BAN Toxics is alarmed that the Philippines is being primed to be the world’s toxic waste dumping site. JPEPA is a comprehensive trade agreement that is infamously known for its preferential treatment of toxic wastes, hazardous chemicals, and nuclear wastes.
16 September 2014, Manila – Environmental justice group BAN Toxics (BT) and the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG) announced their emphatic support for the resolution filed by Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago calling for proactive measures to prevent toxic waste from other countries being dumped in the Philippines.
The resolution also calls for the ratification of the Basel Ban Amendment, an amendment to the Basel Convention, which bans the transboundary movement of hazardous wastes from developed to lesser developed countries that are destined for disposal or recycling.