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Davao City Council eyes ordinance banning single-use plastics

Philippine Information Agency
20 Aug 2019, 16:38 GMT+10

DAVAO CITY (PIA) - A city councilor mulls of formulating a proposed law banning single use-plastic.

Councilor Pilar Braga, chair of the City Council Education Committee took cognizance of a letter from a former executive director of a consumer group, Konsumo Dabaw who lauded the efforts of Siargao in the implementation of a local ordinance banning single-use plastic.

In a privilege speech, she called the letter of former Executive Director Winefredo Gorres of the Konsumo Dabaw, wise and a timely reminded.

Braga referred the letter to the committees on Environment and Education for a possible formulation of the policy.

In his letter, Gorres underscored his Siargao experience where groceries and stuffs bought went directly without being wrapped in single -use plastics to the green bags in grocery stores and public markets, while barbeques wrapped in paper bags and plastic bottles were collected in a drum shaped cyclone wire.

He also acknowledged the call of Darryl Blatchley, a Datu Bago Awardee, raising the alarm over the effects and dangers of unabated over consumption of single use plastic and the lack of concerted effort to solve the problems it bring.

"A study claimed that there will be more plastic than fishes in the seas by 2050. Landfills all over the world are filled beyond their capacities and some countries resorted to exporting their trash," Gorres said.

He said Davao City also has a garbage problem with the landfill in Barangay Carmen filled beyond its capacity, with canals being clogged with garbage and seashores, covered with plastic waste.

Gorres proposed that the city followed suit other 16 countries in banning single-use plastic.

He said an ordinance might be passed requiring all public schools in the city to buy and use tables, chairs and desks that are from recycled single use plastic.

Gorres also encouraged to showcase the use of Eco bricks, made of plastic soda bottles filled with single use plastic.

"This activity, outside perhaps of cutting the volume of trash, will jumpstart the awareness and educational campaign leading to the ban of single use plastic in the city," he said. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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