Duterte considers to ban plastic nationwide

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President Rodrigo Duterte is mulling to ban the use of plastics in the Philippines, Malacañang noted on Thursday.

Presidential spox Salvador Panelo insisted that the President pitched the idea during the 43rd Cabinet meeting in Malacañang on November 6, after the issue on climate change was discussed.

Furthermore, Panelo said Vernice Victorio, President and CEO of the Natural Resources Development Corp., “shared with the Cabinet the Priority Programs for Environment and Climate Change Resiliency.”

“During her presentation, the President floated the idea to ban the use of plastics, which according to him would require legislative action,” he added.

Meanwhile, several bills alike are already pending in Congress.

As an example, Sen. Francis Pangilinan has submitted Senate Bill 40 which is eyeing to ban importation, manufacture and use of all single-use plastics.

Included in the bill is penalizing violators and rewarding those who re-use and recycle plastics.