After more than five years, the dispute between the Philippines and Canada over garbage will finally come to an end. This happened after Canada agreed to shoulder the expenses of returning back the garbage that was sent to the Philippines.
According to Rappler, container vans started to arrive in Manila port in June 2013. It was sent by a Canadian company based in Ontario. But only in January 2014, the Philippines found out that these containers contain household waste and hazardous garbage. Since then, the Philippines have been trying to resolve this issue with Canada. In fact, last November 2017, reported by ABS-CBN, Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada and Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, had a meeting when the former visited Manila for the ASEAN summit. It was unclear, but President Duterte says that Trudeau will be settling the issue by finding out more details on how Canada can take back the garbage. And that was almost two years ago, and since then, the Canadian government did not do anything to solve the matter.
Until recently, the never-ending story of Canadian garbage and the Philippines will now put to rest. Right after President Duterte threatened Canada for war last April 2019, the Canadian government is now offering a solution which is to take back the container vans of garbage to Canada.
If we can all recall, Canada is not the only country who sent garbage to the Philippines. Korea also sent around 6500 tons of garbage and only early this year, they managed to take it back to their country. People are just wondering why if Korea can, why can’t Canada do the same thing.
It is just the right thing to do for Canada to take back all the garbage. But despite that, different opinions popped up all over the internet regarding why the Canadian taxpayers need to shoulder all the shipping costs of the garbage back to Canada, and why not let the sender and the receiver of the shipments be responsible for it.
Here at AFM, we only wish for a peaceful process without any threats of war. On the other hand, we want other countries to stop sending their garbage to the Philippines, too. And also, we don’t want this incident to occur in any country as well. This kind of activity is extremely rude and disrespectful. The Philippines is a beautiful country and we hope everyone including its local citizens will take good care of it.