2 firms face fines for medical wastes in waters off Lapu-Lapu

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The Freeman

THE ENVIRONMENTAL Management Bureau-Central Visayas (EMB-7) is set to issue a notice of violation and impose corresponding fines of at least P50,000 against two firms in Mandaue City linked to the medical wastes found floating in the seas off Lapu-Lapu City the past few days. EMB-7, in a statement, said evidence showed that Davao City Environmental Care, Inc. (DCECI) and Chong Hua Hospital Mandaue and Cancer Center (CHHMCC) were found to have committed lapses that merit the imposition of penalties against them. DCECI is a treatment, storage, and disposal (TSD) facility that uses autoclave and charring method as treatment for its medical wastes from the University of Cebu Medical Center (UC Med), St. Vincent Hospital, and CHHMCC. Among the wastes collected was a bottle bearing the name of CHHMCC. In a meeting over the weekend, DCECI presented manifest forms and certificate of treatment for collected and treated health care wastes of CHHMCC only up to September 2018, but continued to provide services to the hospital until Jan. 2. CHHMCC, for its part, could not present any manifest form for the previous and current collections of health care wastes by DCECI. — The Freeman