Coun­cilor Ro­driguez ques­tions plas­tic bot­tle ban in PPUR

Palawan Daily News - - Front Page - By Kia Jo­hanna Lamo

City Coun­cilor Jon­jie Ro­driguez ques­tioned the pro­posed ban on bot­tled wa­ter and other sin­gle use plas­tics in Puerto Princesa Un­der­ground River (PPUR) pushed by Coun. Roy Ven­tura dur­ing the Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­glung­sod Reg­u­lar Ses­sion, Novem­ber 20, 2018.

Ro­driguez said that the city coun­cil should ban the lit­ter­ing of garbage and plas­tics in­stead of ban­ning bot­tled wa­ter. “Nais ko lamang pong li­wana­gin, ip­inag­babawal po natin dito ang pag dadala ng bot­tled wa­ter.

Kung tit­ig­nan po natin, ip­ina­pasa po natin tong or­di­nansa dahil nakikita natin ang pin­sala ng pag­tat­apin ng plas­tic, la­long lalo na po sa area na ito. Sa akin pong pala­gay, with all due re­spect, ang at­ing ip­inag­babawal, sa halip na pag tapon ng ba­sura ay ip­inag babawal natin ang pag dala ng bot­tled wa­ter,” he ex­plained. The city coun­cilor said that malls and air­port pro­hibit smok­ing but not does pro­hibit the bring­ing of cigar­rettes, stat­ing that the or­di­nance should also al­low tourists to bring bot­tled wa­ter but should ban lit­ter­ing.

“Sa mall, sa ero­plano, bawal po ang mani­gar­ilgo pero pwede po mag dala ng sigar­i­lyo basta hindi mo sisindi­gan. Kaya po dito, bawal ang pag­tat­apon ng ba­sura pero hindi bawal ang pag­dadala ng tubig na nakala­gay sa bot­tled wa­ter,” he added.

Ven­tura de­fended that the ban against bot­tled wa­ter aims to sweep off the pos­si­bil­ity of lit­ter­ing bot­tled wa­ter and us­age of plas­tics in the area. He added, in­stead of us­ing bot­tled wa­ter, tourists and vis­i­tors of PPUR could bring their wa­ter tum­blers in­stead of bot­tled wa­ter, as he said that “pre­ven­tion is bet­ter than cure.” “Sa ak­ing pala­gay, pwede na­man tayo mag dala ng at­ing sari-sar­il­ing tum­bler o mga non-sin­gle use plas­tics,” he said.

How­ever, Ro­driguez said that even when tourists bring wa­ter tum­bler, when these tum­blers are trashed in the area, the tourists would still be pun­ished with penal­ties. “So pag tum­bler po o non-sin­gle use plas­tics, pwede yun? Pero pag tinapon bawal siya, so ibig sabi­hin, ang pinag­babawal, yung pag tapon ng mga plas­tics,” he said. The pro­posed or­di­nance will be fur­ther re­viewed by the Com­mit­tee on En­vi­ron­ment for third read­ing.

The pro­posal also in­cludes “Plas­tic Re­cov­ery Fee” an­chored on Waste Man­age­ment’s man­date, which will re­quire store own­ers to charge con­sumers with P3 for ev­ery plas­tic used dur­ing shop­ping or buy­ing.

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