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Problema ‘yan sa buong mundo: Villar calls for a ban on single-use plastic

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Senator Cynthia Villar on Friday deplored that plastic waste is the “most alarming” environmental issue that the world faces.

She stressed this during the 2nd Principals’ Meeting and Conference of the Manila Bay Task Force — which was gathering of the heads of agencies tasked to clean and rehabilitate Manila Bay.

“Ang plastic ang isa sa pinaka-malubhang nakakapinsala sa ating kapaligiran at pumapatay sa mga yamang dagat,” said Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.

She raised anew the proposal to ban single-use plastic. “Alam natin lahat iyan dahil sa lahat ng mga cleanups, puro plastic wastes ang nako-collect natin.”

She also noted that despite the move of some cities to ban plastics in their localities, the enormity of the problem calls for a nationwide ban, which is also favored by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Villar is set to start the public hearing on a proposed bill regulating the manufacturing, importation, and single-use of plastic products.

Under Senate Bill No. 333, which Villar authored, the issuance of the single-use plastics by food establishments, stores, markets, and retailers will be prohibited. Importation of single-use plastics will no longer be allowed.

“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,” Villar said.

Duterte created on February 19, 2019 the Manila Bay Task Force through Administrative Order 16.

The basis of the AO is the writ of continuing mandamus issued by the Supreme Court in December 2008 directing 13 agencies and private entities to clean up, rehabilitate, preserve, restore, and maintain the waters of Manila Bay to a level that is fit for swimming.

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