US Navy contractor kicked out of Subic chamber of commerce

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The MT Glenn Guardian docked at Alava Pier on Subic Bay. The Subic Bay Freeport Chamber of Commerce has expelled the United States Navy contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia Philippines from membership in the chamber after a Senate investigation showed that it was liable for dumping sewage into Philippine waters. ROBERT GONZAGA/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT, Philippines——The Subic Bay Freeport Chamber of Commerce (SBFCC) has expelled a United States Navy contractor from membership in the chamber after a Senate investigation showed that it was liable for dumping sewage into Philippine waters.

In a letter on Feb. 18, Danny Piano, SBFCC chairman, told Mateo Mayuga, president of the Glenn Defense Marine Asia Philippines Inc., that the firm’s membership in the business group has been terminated.

“The Subic Chamber regrets to inform you that your membership with the organization has now been terminated. Last 25 October 2012, we have sent you a letter of suspension pending investigation of various government agencies with regard to your company’s alleged waste dumping. Regrettably, the findings that came out showed violations by [Glenn Defense],” Piano said.

He said such violations were “deemed inimical to the interests of the SBFCC due to the damage it can cause to the organization’s name.”

200,000 liters of sewage

 

In a Feb. 5 report, the Senate committees on foreign relations and on environment and natural resources said Glenn Defense violated the country’s environmental and marine protection laws when it unloaded 200,000 liters of sewage it had collected from the US Navy ship, USS Emory Land, near Subic Bay in October last year.

The report of the Senate committee on foreign relations said Glenn Defense failed to comply with the government’s permitting process and was liable for dumping the untreated sewage in sea waters that had not been designated for that purpose by Philippine marine authorities.

The report also cited Glenn Defense’s failure to acquire the necessary accreditation as a hazardous waste collector and transporter.

The Senate committee directed the SBMA, Philippine Coast Guard, and Department of Environment and Natural Resources to start administrative proceedings against Glenn Defense, suspend all permits issued to the firm and determine if it should face criminal sanctions or be blacklisted. The expulsion from the Subic chamber is just the latest sanction imposed on the company after the US Navy barred the company from joining future contract bids.

The US Navy also warned Glenn Defense that should its violations continue, its current contract would be terminated.—Robert Gonzaga

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  • PhilChance

    Shame on the Inquirer and those it misled.  The title of the article more accurately written “Glenn Defense Marine kicked out of Subic Bay Chamber of Commerce” as the contractor is actually their own business entity being monitored by Philippine authorities although hired by the US Navy.    wwww.glenndefensemarine.com  The offender in this case is the PH subsidiary of the Singapore company not the US Navy. Everyone was so eager to jump on the US bashing that you missed that this company probably violates in other areas of the PH.  But US bashing is popular and we wouldn’t want it to surface that the offending company is actually the PH subsidiary, shhhhh.  Are we sure local authorities didn’t wait to press charges when they did business with a US company?  I would bet on it.  Looks like sensationalism and trying to get money from the US Navy.  Read many of the comments below, you confused readers who didn’t search for clarification.  I expect better journalism, even from the Philippines.

  • dikoy321

    Confiscation of movable Assets, PREVENTS the Company from RUNNING AWAY !

    What are we Waiting for ???

    Baka magulat tayo lahat, nakawala na !

    Hay buhay, BAGAL natin !!!

  • dikoy321

    Views from Germany:

    Suspension lang???  That’s NOTHING !

    Here in Germany, the violator’s ASSETS (ships, machines, vehicles, etc.) are ordered CONFISCATED, then the violating Company FINED heavily, in addition to a court case CRIMINAL/CIVIL because LIVES were put in Jeopardy and the Philippine Laws SEVERELY VIOLATED !

    DENR, Coast Guard, SBMA,   PLEASE   F I L E   the necessary cases in court, DO NOT GO TO SLEEP !

    Also, let’s put some ships next to Scarborough Shoal, our shoal, NOT China’s !

    Forward Philippines !!!

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    kick out all imperialist u.s. navy subcontractors

    • http://thesocietyofhonor.blogspot.com/ Joe America

      Imperialist is an adjective describing the noun subcontractors in your sentence. I don’t believe the subcontractors are imperialist, although they may be greedy capitalist scum or somesuch. Perhaps you intend that “imperialist” describe the U.S. Navy, which is not correct either. The Navy is a military organization that merely does what it is told. So perhaps you actually mean to describe the United States as an “imperialistic” nation, which, of course, historians would object to because the U.S. does not seek to acquire territory, which is what “imperialist” means. Now you could call the U.S. hegemonistic, and that would be correct. She wields her power around the globe for self-interest.

      The Philippines of course wields her power for other nations, being gracious and considerate. Why, she even lets China sit on her rocks without raising so much as a complaint. How sweet.

      But those Americans, boy howdy, they are out to stick it to the Philippinesm, to take advantage of the meek and peaceful Philippines. Why, it is nations like the U.S. that are responsible for the poverty and birth rate in the Philippines. And the corruption that sucks the economy dry. Filipinos are not responsible for anything at all. Cool.The U.S. is the villain here.

      And the subcontractor does not just serve the US, I’d guess. 

      It just makes for a nice inflamatory headline that y’all bite for.

      • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

        ‘United States is an imperialistic nation’

        agree

  • Sandy Bulet

    Dapat ganyan palagi , ipinapatupad ang batas kahit sino pa sila, para tong mga dayuhan na to eh matutong rumespeto. Ang mga ganitong resulta ay nagpapataas sa moral nating mga Pilipino, para hindi nila tayo minamaliit palagi.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3UAABFPUE5ZKBXOAGLWL6POGWU joel genese

    Contractor lang ng US Navy, akala nila pati sila kasali na sa VFA. Dapat na kasuhan ang kumpanyang iyan. Para ano pa at kinuha ang kanilang serbisyo. Di sana, yung barko ng US Navy na lang mismo ang pumunta sa gitnang dagat at pinakawalan ang kanilang dumi doon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/beng.atibo.3 Beng Atibo

    Why only suspension. They have been found guilty of dumping sewage without treatment. They should be charged and fines for their activities fines.And not be alloed to do business in the Philippines. Masyadong mabait ang gobyerno. In other countries, stiffer penalties should have been meted to the erring contractor!!!

  • Vertumnus

    Their membership might have been terminated but they are still allowed to do business at the port.  Still a slap on the wrist without negative economic impact to Glenn Marine.  Only when they feel negative financial burden will they change the way they operate.  Otherwise, it business as usual in the Philippines.

  • Mamang Pulis

    suspension lang?

    eh dapat criminally liable yan si mayuga!!!!

    ng matuto pati yun maliliit na nag nagtatapon at sumisira ng kalikasan….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Nakakahiya ka Mateo Dimayuga.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MV4JC4DEGZJQKBIJMWEZ4KOKRE Arnel

      Dapat malunod ka sa mga taeng kinolekta ng barko nyo.

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