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Proposed Ordinance – Prohibiting the use of plastic bags …

PROPOSED ORDINANCE

An ordinance prohibiting the use of plastic bags on dry goods and regulating its utilization on wet goods and prohibiting the use of styrofoam within the city of naga and prescribing penalties thereof:

Sponsor: Hon Maria Elizabeth Q. Lavadia
Co- Sponsor: Hon. David Casper Nathan A. Sergio, Hon. Ray-An Cydrick G. Rentoy, Hon. Salvador M. Del Castillo and Hon. Jose A. Tuason

EXPLANATORY NOTE

Since its invention sometime in 1862 by Alexander Parkes, plastics, particularly plastic bags, are considered to be a revolutionary product. Undoubtedly, plastic bags became a low-cost, convenient and sanitary means to package food and other products. The use of “bayong” and jute- fiber sacks has long been outmoded by sando bags and plastic fiber sacks, respectively. Needless to say, plastic has become a universal packaging material. In fact the global production of plastic materials has reached 200 billion pounds per year.

However, everything has its own pro’s and con’s. By their very nature, plastic packaging materials almost always find their way to trash bins, becoming a major part of the waste stream of human settlements. On a global side, plastic materials make up 16% of the dumps in the world. In Naga City, these plastic bags make up a part of what is considered the residuals or those that cannot be recycled into new materials or processed into compost.

The common knowledge and acceptance of the fact that plastic bags have negative impact on the environment is enough for us to think of ways on how to minimize better yet eradicate the use of environmental hazard. It’s time to follow suit with other environment-friendly NGO’s and LGU’s in the advocacy efforts to reduce the use of plastic materials.

WHEREAS, Article II, Sec. 6 of the Philippine Constitution provides that the State shall protect and advance the right of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature;

WHEREAS, Sec. 3 (i) of RA 7160 provides that the Local Government Units shall share with the national government the responsibility in the management and maintenance of ecological balance within their territorial jurisdiction;

WHEREAS, Sec. 458 (vi) of RA 7160 also empowers the Sangguniang bayan / Panlungsod to protect the environment and impose appropriate penalties for acts which endanger the environment including such activities which results in pollution acceleration or eutrophication of rivers and lakes or of ecological imbalance;

WHEREAS, Republic Act 9003 otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 provides for the identification and listing of Non- Environmentally Acceptable Products (NEAP) and packaging material. The National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) has adopted and issued guidelines for NEAP and has identified plastic packaging as one of only 5 product groupings that shall undergo assessment;

WHEREAS, plastic bags are rampantly used as packaging materials in the City of Naga and elsewhere;

WHEREAS, plastic bags and Styrofoam, being non-biodegradable materials clog our canals, creeks, rivers and other waterways, and during rainy season end up in Naga river causing harm to the river and the surrounding barangays;

WHEREAS, DESPITE SERIOUS EFFORTS OF THE City to segregate compostable, recyclable and reusable waste materials, plastics and other similar materials remain in the waste stream and eventually become residuals;

WHEREAS, the City is spending a considerable amount of money for operational and maintenance expenses on waste disposal;

WHEREAS, the City of Naga in its desire to reduce if not totally eliminate the use of plastic film bags as packaging materials, encourages the utilization of alternative packaging materials such as woven bags (bayong), cloth bags (katsa), paper bags and other similar materials (e.g. banana leaves, taro leaves, etc.) and at the same time enjoined to promote the “Bring Your Own Bag”;

8 Bicol LGUs lauded for effective solid waste mgt

By Mar S. Arguelles
Bicol Mail

LEGAZPI CITY — At least eight local government units (LGUs) in Bicol have been cited by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for carrying out an efficient waste disposal system in their respective areas.

The DENR thru the National Solid Waste Management Council (NSWMC) has commended the towns of Magarao in Camarines Sur, and Pilar, Bulan, Irosin and Magallanes, all in Sorsogon, as well as the cities of Naga, Legazpi and Sorsogon for satisfactorily complying with the objectives and provisions of the Ecological Solid Management Act of 2000 or R.A. 89003.

During simple rites held here last Monday, DENR Regional Executive Director Joselin Marcus Fragada lauded the town and city executives concerned for consistently implementing an effective waste disposal program in consonance with the national program on ecological solid waste management.

Eva Ocfemia, Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) regional director, said the recognition was based on two criteria, or categories, which are: implementation of materials recovery facility (MRF) and waste reduction and segregation.

Under Category 1, the LGUs that pursued an effective MRF were the cities of Naga and Sorsogon, and the towns of Magarao in Camarines Sur and Pilar in Sorsogon.

Under Category 2, the LGUs that deserved recognition were Legazpi City, and the towns of Bulan, Irosin and Magallanes in Sorsogon.

As this developed, Fragada reminded other LGUs that have not yet complied with the ecological solid management act to strictly abide by the law and give the program their priority concern or else face sanctions for their failure to implement the same.

City Hall receives 10 e-Bike units

By Gerald O. Enguero
Bicol Mail

e-BIKES. Naga City Mayor John G. Bongat watches as Vice Mayor Gabby H. Bordado tries one of the ten units of electric bicycles (e-Bikes) turned over by the United Nations to the city government last January 2, 2012. The environment friendly bicycles have been assigned to selected offices at city hall to expedite ‘delivery’ of services to the city’s stakeholders. Photo by RANDY VILLAFLOR

The city government of Naga recently received ten units of electric bicycles, more known as e-Bikes, courtesy of the Climate Change Program of the United Nations through the Health and Wellness Empowerment for the Poor Program of Oscar G. Arcilla, Jr., a Nagueño technocrat based in Metro Manila.

A grateful City Mayor John G. Bongat immediately allocated the environment-friendly vehicles to seven offices at city hall with one unit each that will make best use of them in the delivery of services.

The eBikes can run for 65 kilometers or about three hours after they have been charged for seven hours at the cost of P15 compared to P50 consumed by gasoline fed motorcycles.

This city, according to Arcilla, is the first local government unit to receive the eBikes for free in line with the UN’s advocacy for clean environment.

City Environment & Natural Resources Officer Oscar P. Orozco, said e-bikes and other electric vehicles are one of the best contributions against air pollution.

The e-Bikes were distributed at one unit each to the city’s MEPO (Naga City People’s Mall office), City Civil Registrar, City Health office, Accounting Office, Public safety Office, City Assessor’s Office, and MetroPeso. The remaining three units will be available for pooling, c/o the City Mayor’s Office.