Senate: US contractor guilty of dumping waste in Subic

Posted at 02/06/13 5:37 PM

MANILA - Senator Loren Legarda said a United States contractor violated Philippine laws when it dumped sewage waste in the waters of Subic Bay.

In a statement, Legarda said this was the finding of the Senate committees on Foreign Relations and Environment and Natural Resources against MT Glenn Guardian, a vessel owned by Glenn Defense Marine Asia Pte Ltd.

"We are talking here of millions of liters of sewage wastes disposed at sea by Glenn Defense over a period of time, without the requisite permits from the government. They do not even have the necessary accreditation as waste collectors from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority," Legarda said.

An ecology center found MT Glenn Guardian on October 15 to have dumped in the Philippine’s exclusive economic zone around 200,000 liters of sewage wastes it had collected from US ship, Emory Land.

Legarda noted this was not the only incident that can be attributed to Glenn Defense.

She said the Senate committees also found out the sewage wastes were dumped in areas outside of the designated dumping sites, again in violation of Philippine regulations.

She also noted lapses in the enforcement of laws and regulations. She said the Presidential Commission on the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFACOM) should enforce its role in ensuring "respect for Philippine laws, state policies, and strict compliance with the rules and regulations promulgated by the concerned departments and agencies" under Executive Order no. 199.