CITY OF MALOLOS —The provincial government of Bulacan has banned the use and sale of plastic bags in the province.
This after Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado signed Panglalawigang Ordinansa # 2012-09, prohibiting non-bio degradable plastic bags, styrofoam and other kinds used as packaging materials in the 21 towns and 3 cities of Bulacan.
Under the measure, which was released by the Sanguniang Panglalawigan early this week, violators face a P5,000 fine and one year imprisonment.
Alvarado said the ordinance will be immediately enforced after the implementing rules and regulations are issued.
The ordinance was passed six months after Alvarado wrote the provincial board to create a provincial ordinance banning the use and sale of plastic bags in the markets.
The governor added that the ordinance will be implemented in the 569 barangays of Bulacan.
Study shows that plastic bags and other plastic products aggravates flooding in many areas. It is also prohibited to burn plastic materials under the Clean Air Act.
The SM Supermalls in Baliuag and Marilao are already implementing the “no plastic “ policy and has totally banned the use of plastic bags in their shopping malls.###