Friday, May 29, 2020

ILIGAN, A Step Closer To Banning The Use Of Plastics

(Tuesday2nd day of April 2019)


Iligan is one step closer to banning the use and sale of plastic bags and styrofoam after an ordinance, which penalizes violators, passed on third and final reading Monday, April 1st during the regular session held at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Session Hall, Pedro B. Generalao Legislative Building.

Thirteen (13) affirmative and one (1) abstention voted for the passing of City Ordinance No. 14-6219, otherwise known as “The Comprehensive Plastic-Ban”, that prohibits the selling and using of single-use plastics and styrofoam for dry and wet goods in households, schools, hospitals, shopping centers, mall, restaurants, markets, retail stores and similar establishments in Iligan City including the Local and National Government Offices and providing for funds.

As City Councilor Bernard Pacaña said, “Muhatag unta ta ug specific date sa implementation ani nga ordinance, since kita man nag himo sa balaod.” (Since we are the law-makers, we have to establish a specific date for the implementation of this ordinance).

As author of the ordinance, Councilor Jesse Ray Balanay further explained, “Ang mga establisamento pwede pa mugamit og single-use disposable plastics labi niadtong nakapalit na ug supply igo karong tuiga nga hutdon lang nila ang ilang supply og dili napod sila maka purchase og additional karong tuiga kay ug mu go beyond ang ilang supply karong 2019, sa tuig 2020 dili nagyud nato sila I allow.” (Establishments may still use single-use disposable plastics that were bought prior to the effectivity of this ordinance until it is all used up or until the end of 2019, whichever comes first, and are required to dispose the said items through recycling, or any alternative to throw these away. No new purchases will be allowed.)

The ultimate goal of this ordinance is to greatly reduce, if not totally eliminate, plastic waste in the city and promote the city’s advocacy to solve the problem of solid waste since this has been the main concern about the battling issues that the city is facing right now. The ordinance however, provides for our establishments a six-month transition period starting this month of April.  This is to give time to the residents to undergo a behavioral change from the use of plastic bags and styrofoam products to paper bag. This ordinance shall take effect fifteen (15) days after publication in a local newspaper of general circulation and posting for three consecutive weeks in all conspicuous places in the City Hall. As the ordinance moves another step closer to its full implementation, so does the workers in the plastic industry to the doom of their jobs.