President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is considering to ban the use of plastics nationwide, according to Malacañang.
On Thursday, Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo revealed that the Chief Executive made the remark during last night’s Cabinet meeting wherein the priority programs for environment and climate change resiliency were presented by Vernice Victorio, president, and CEO of state-run Natural Resources Development Corp.
“He [President Duterte] floated the idea to ban the use of plastics, which according to him would require legislative action,” he said during press briefing.
The Philippines ranked 3rd on a 2015 plastic pollution report of countries being the biggest source of plastic leaking into the oceans.
Bills, filed by Senators Cynthia Villar and Francis Pangilinan, seeking to ban on single-use plastics are currently pending in Congress.
Both bills seek to ban food establishments, stores, markets, and retailers from issuing single-use plastics.
Consumers will also be diverted to use reusable materials and manufacturers will be mandated to collect, recycle and dispose of single-use plastics manufactured and/or in circulation in the general market.
Also, importation of single-use plastics will no longer be allowed.