SP amends No Plas­tic bag law

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THE 18th City Coun­cil dur­ing its reg­u­lar ses­sion Mon­day presided

over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy en­acted an or­di­nance amend­ing Sec­tion 30(g) of Ar­ti­cle IX on Plas­tic Bag Reg­u­la­tion of Or­di­nance No. 13378-2018, oth­er­wise known as the In­te­grated Eco­log­i­cal Solid Waste Man­age­ment Or­di­nance of Ca­gayan de Oro City.

The or­di­nance pro­vides that busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments, fast-food out­lets, phar­ma­cies, mar­ket ven­dors, food kiosks, sari-sari stores, am­bu­lant ven­dors, and the like shall not pro­vide plas­tic bags and/or sando bags as pack­ag­ing ma­te­ri­als for dry goods and cooked foods to cus­tomers.

Un­der the law, plas­tic bags with no han­dles, holes or strings shall be al­lowed for wrap­ping of un­packed meat and poul­try prod­ucts, ma­rine prod­ucts, fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles at su­per­mar­kets and mar­kets sep­a­rately to en­sure food safety.

It pro­vides that wet goods that are al­ready in plas­tic wraps, pouches, bags and the like as part of the prod­uct pack­ag­ing shall not be con­tained fur­ther in any plas­tic bags and pro­motes the use of re­cy­clable and re­us­able bags as al­ter­na­tive pack­ag­ing ma­te­ri­als.

The or­di­nance cites that plas­tic bags as fi­nal pack­ag­ing of goods in stores shall not be al­lowed in all com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ments every Wed­nes­day and Fri­day.

Leg­is­la­tors amended the or­di­nance delet­ing the phrase “every Wed­nes­day and Fri­day” in re­sponse to the con­cern raised by the City Ad­min­is­tra­tor’s Of­fice.

In his let­ter to the City Coun­cil, Teddy Sabuga-a, Act­ing City Ad­min­is­tra­tor said it is the po­si­tion and un­der­stand­ing that the phrase “every Wed­nes­day and Fri­day” was in­cluded as part of the ini­tial dry-run and in­for­ma­tion and ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign drive of the said or­di­nance be­fore its full im­ple­men­ta­tion sched­uled last Jan­uary 1, 2019.

The in­ten­tion of the said or­di­nance is not just lim­ited to the said days, but is to con­trol and reg­u­late the use of sin­gle-use plas­tic to ad­dress the press­ing is­sue on en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns, Sabuga-a ex­plained.

The amend­ment of the or­di­nance was re­viewed and en­dorsed by the com­mit­tee on laws and rules chaired by Coun­cilor Ian Mark Q. Na­caya. (SP/JBD)

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