Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan has urged the city council to pass the “plastic ordinance” to address the growing garbage problem in this mountain resort city.
In a late afternoon regular press briefing Wednesday, Domogan said “the existing ordinance has to be amended.”
Citing a provision in the ordinance, he said the city bans the use of plastic and encourages residents to bring their biodegradable bags when going to supermarkets or even at the city market to buy supplies.
He said implementing this provision will be difficult considering the absence of alternative materials thus plastic bags can be allowed as long as they are non-biodegradable.
He also advised the city council to come up with a provision in the amendatory ordinance to make it punishable for any person or corporation to bring into the city non-biodegradable plastics.
Plastics have been known to form a big percentage of the city’s wastes, which most often are indiscriminately used.
Clean and green program
The city government through the Alay sa Kalinisan Inc. (ASKI) annually awards the cleanest and greenest barangay.
“This time, we will not only look for the top 10 cleanest barangays but we will also identify the top 10 dirtiest barangays,” he told media during the briefing.
He explained that barangays, like the city government, are mandated by Republic Act 9003 or the solid waste management law to implement waste segregation.
Included in the criteria for the search is the disposal of garbage, reforestation and beautification of their respective areas.(PNA)