An inter-agency committee that includes the Bureau of Customs has agreed to push through with a court’s order on the repatriation of wastes that arrived from Canada.

On 5 September, Monday, the committee expressed favor on the June 30 decision of the Manila RTC Branch 1 Judge Tita Bughao-Alisuag, which ordered the shipping back of the wastes to Canada at the expense of the importer.

The June 30 court order covers fifty forty-footer (50×40) containers found to have assorted heterogeneous plastic materials, all consigned to Chronic Plastics Inc.

Apart from BOC, included in the committee are the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and Department of Justice (DOJ).

The said containers — parked at the Subic and Manila International Container Yards — are said to be causing port congestion, posing hazards to public health, and incurring expenses on the part of BOC.

The Manila RTC will conduct another hearing on the said case on 30 September, with the DOJ set to file a motion for the execution of the order. ##