By Saul E. Pa-a
CITY OF SANTA ROSA, Laguna, Feb. 27 – Adding her call on the plastic ban resonating in the various localities throughout the country, Santa Rosa City Mayor Arlene Arcillas demonstrated her war on plastics and styrofoam by spearheading the palengke tour Sunday to the Paseo Country Market, Nuvali Solenad and Waltermart in this city.
The market tour and caravan went around malls and public markets distributing eco-friendly bags to shoppers and customers in a bid to stir awareness on the plastic ban to residents and owners of commercial establishments.
The Palengke Tour featured games, pasting of campaign stickers on both private and public utility vehicles, distribution of flyers and giving away of posters and button pins to shoppers, vendors and merchandisers.
This Southern Luzons Lion City mayor toured malls, commercial places and public markets during the weekend as part of her information and educational campaign on the citys implementation of the city ordinance 1720-2011 known as the Environment Code of Santa Rosa City.
Mayor Arcillas thanked the proponents of the citys Environment Code who crafted the comprehensive compilation of rules and regulations to manage the citys environment and institute mechanisms to mitigate climate change and other environmental problems.
Local government units are empowered by the Local Government Code to share with the national government the responsibility in the management and maintenance of ecological balance within their territorial jurisdiction.
Local city legislative councils are also tasked to protect their respective environs and impose appropriate penalties for acts that endanger the environment including such activities which result to pollution and acceleration of rivers and lakes or of ecological imbalance.
The citys local ordinance contains provisions on Land Resources Management, Air Quality and Noise Management and Energy Saving Practices, Water Resources Management, Integrated Waste Management and Institutional Mechanisms.
It also implements the provisions of the countrys laws on solid waste management, clean air and water acts, toxic substances and hazardous and nuclear wastes control. (PNA)