THE remaining 78 percent of plastic trash left behind by Verde Soko Philippines Industrial Corporation will likely go to the recycling livelihood program of Sen. Cynthia Villar if plans don’t miscarry.
In an interview, Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano revealed yesterday that he would propose to Villar the said matter when they meet later this month.
Emano said that upon learning from Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member Gerardo Sabal III that only 22 percent of the trash would be shouldered by the South Korean government and ship it back to their country, he remembered Villar’s recycling program.
In 2013, Villar instituted a recycling livelihood program and opened the first waste plastic recycling factory in Metro Manila, particularly in Las Piñas City, under the umbrella of Villar Foundation. It is also only the second of its kind in the country.
For the past eight years, Villar’s recycling livelihood program had been distributing chairs recycled out of plastic trash to public schools nationwide.
“Naan a man kana diri ug nakadumdum man pud ko nga naa diay plastic recycling livelihood program si Senator Cynthia Villar, ako kini i-propose sa iya,” Emano said.
The governor added that he is confident that Villar would approve his proposal because they belong to the same party – Nacionalista Party (NP). Incidentally, both Villar and Emano are reelectionists in the May election, her as senator and him as governor.
Villar’s plastics recycling factory can produce about 1,000 armchairs in a month made with “soft plastics.” These can also be made to look like wooden chairs with changeable parts and has a durable span of up to 20 years.
Subtracting the 1,400 tons of garbage that were shouldered by the South Korean government, there are still 5,100 tons of garbage that remained idle at Verde Soko’s facility in barangay Sta. Cruz, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental within the confines of Phividec Industrial Estate.
In a related development, Emano said that his relationship with officials of Phividec Industrial Authority have not soured unlike his colleagues at the provincial board.
Emano said that their partnership with Phividec in together wooing Chinese steel giant Panhua Group Company, Ltd. last November to invest here is testament of their continued cooperation.
That is stark contrast with the atmosphere at the provincial board with lawmakers threatening to declare Phividec officials under persona non grata for their continued absence at SP hearings on the Verde Soko matter.
Verde Soko imported a total of 6,500 tons of plastic flakes last year but was meant with opposition from the Bureau of Customs (BOC), the provincial board and certain environmental organizations, alleging that the two batches of shipment were adulterated with other garbage.
The South Korean government was pressured then to ship the garbage back to their country.