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BOC collector will get Environmental Justice Award

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Evelyn Macairan (The Philippine Star) – February 21, 2021 – 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — A Bureau of Customs (BOC) collector, who labored on sending again over 7,600 metric tons of unlawful waste from South Korea in 2018, is among the seven winners of the United Nations Atmosphere Program (UNEP) Asia Environmental Enforcement Awards.

BOC Assortment District 10 Collector John Simon was cited as certainly one of eight AEEA awardees for preventing transboundary environmental crime in a digital ceremony held final Feb. 17.

In a letter despatched to Simon, dated Dec. 2, 2020, the UNEP knowledgeable him that his “glorious work in combatting transboundary environmental crime has been acknowledged by a panel of worldwide specialists from the United Nations and accomplice companies.”

“This award means a lot to me. This can be a recognition that gives the apex of my profession serving the federal government, serving our nation and now serving humanity. This can be a recognition that I’ll cherish and treasure all my life,” he stated.

In July 2018, an enormous cargo of rubbish arrived from South Korea and was saved on the Mindanao Worldwide Container Port (MICP) in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, the place it posed well being and environmental hazards.

When Simon was appointed as the brand new Customs collector within the space in October 2018, he revealed that it was not solely 5,000 metric tons of rubbish however greater than 7,000 metric tons.

He stated the cargo was issued with a re-exportation order again to its nation of origin. Nevertheless, “the method of repatriation was not a simple one as a result of there are lots of points to be resolved to make it compliant to the provisions of the Basel Conference.”

Simon additionally needed to clear up the problem of logistics or placing the rubbish in tonner baggage and loading them in 40-foot containers 360 in whole, which is equal to over 7,600 metric tons.

When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, the BOC needed to make eight journeys with the intention to return all of the waste again to Korea. The voyages befell from January 2020 to September 2020.

Simon named the reported importer as Charles Cho of Verde Soko and who, upon verification with the Interpol, was allegedly the topic of a warrant of arrest in Korea since 2016 for financial crimes.

Reportedly in hiding, Cho now has a pending case earlier than a regional trial courtroom in Cagayan de Oro Metropolis and an arrest warrant issued towards him.

The seven different UNEP-AEEA awardees are the Philippine Operation Group on Ivory and the Unlawful Wildlife Commerce (POGI); the Police Central Investigation Bureau in Nepal; Division of Wildlife Peninsula Malaysia & Royal Malaysia Police Process Pressure in Malaysia; Wildlife Crime Management Bureau (WCCB) in India; Enforcement Division, Division of Atmosphere in Malaysia; Indonesia Nationwide Police & Ministry of Atmosphere & Forestry in Indonesia and the Athgarh Forest Division in India.

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