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Laguna city launches campaign vs plastic bags, styrofor

STA. ROSA CITY, Laguna, Feb. 28 – The local government here launched Monday an information and education campaign, to raise awareness among its 266,943 residents (2007 census estimate) against the use of plastic bags and styrofor in the city.

Dubbed “Ayoko ng Plastik,” the information and education campaign is in line with City Ordinance No. 1720-2011, also known as the Environment Code of the City, which the Sangguninang Panglungsod passed last year banning the use of plastic bags on dry goods and “styrofor/Styrofoam” on wet goods.

The City Ordinance also bans establishments from using or selling non-biodegradable plastics and or Styrofoam as containers for food, drinks or any business produce or products, and regulates plastic utilization on wet goods, as well as impose penalties against violators.

City Mayor Arlene B. Arcillas-Nazareno in a short message during the launch, said the campaign is part of the city’s effort to disseminate information on the implementation of the City Ordinance No. 1720-2011, also known as the “Environment Code” of Sta. Rosa City.which the Sangguniang Panglungsod passed last year.

“Walang plastikan para sa Kalikasan,” the mayor said, as she echoed the “Ayoko ng Plastik” campaign the city government formally launched at the city hall gounds.

Arcillas-Nazareno stressed the city for the past seven years has been resolute in helping the country achieve its Millenium Development Goal on Environmental Sustainability. “And now, we can also help maintain the country’s ranking in the latest Biennial Environmental Performance Index (EPI) conducted by various universities in the United States,” she added.

She called on city residents to bring their eco-friendly bags or carriers whenever they shop or buy anything in any business establishments in the city, even as she urged business firms to refrain from using or selling non-biodegradable plastics and styrofor for food, drinks, and other products.

The city chief executive said the moves would have to be made by all concerned, adding the city ordinance will be enforced in the whole of Sta. Rosa City, particularly in business firms, public markets, including stakeholders that produce, use, buy, sell and dispose plastics and styrofor or Styrofoam.

She said the ordinance also bans the use of plastic flaglets, “banderitas” and the likes during fiestas or any other occasions in the city and its barangays.

The ordinance enacted in November 2011, will take effect after all concerned have been notified of its provisions or implementing rules and regulations (IRR) within six months, to afford business establishments and city residents sufficient time to comply with its IRR, she said.

Sta. Rosa City, also tagged as the “Next Wave City” in the Philippines, is a strategic and ideal place for local and foreign investors. Over the years, it has emerged as one of the prime locations for both business and pleasure. It is also proud of its being called The Lion of Southern Luzon, the lady mayor said.

Sta. Rosa City, also tagged as the “Gateway to Manila and Calabarzon”, is located 40 kilometers south of Makati City, and most accessible to Tagaytay City and the Ports of Batangas and Manila via four exits along the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). (PNA) LAP/CTB

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