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No plastic in Bulacan
By: PPAO
Thursday, 10 January 2013
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PLASTIC IS BANNED IN BULACAN. In the ceremonial launching that marks the strict implementation of plastic ban in the entire province, Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado is happy to show together with the manager of a known fast food chain, the paper bags that will serve as an alternative to plastic holders after posting the plaque that reminds the Bulakenyos about the ban. Also in the photo are Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando and Board Member Felix Ople (at the back). View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS— Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado announced to the public that they will strictly implement the ban on use and sale of plastic bags in the province.

This happens as he led the ceremonial launching of the implementation of the ordinance at Mc Donald’s-BSU where they posted tarpaulins for public information.

Alvarado signed the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Provincial Ordinance No. 2012-09 also known as “Panlalawigang Kautusang Nagbabawal sa Paggamit ng Non-Biodegradable Plastic Bags, Styrofoam at mga Kauri Nito Bilang Packaging Material sa Lalawigan ng Bulacan at Nagtatakda ng Kaparusahan sa Paglabag Nito” last December 12, 2012.

“Bahagi ito ng ating 7-point Agenda na pangalagaan ang kalikasan, kalusugan at kapakanan ng mga Bulakenyo. Dahil na rin sa pagbabago ng panahon o climate change, kailangan nating tumulong na maisaayos ang kalikasan sa pamamagitan ng pagtatanim ng mga puno at pagbabawal sa paggamit ng plastic na siyang pangunahing dahilan ng siltation ng mga kailugan,” the governor said.

The said ordinance prohibits Bulakenyos to buy, sell and use non-biodegradable plastic bags, styrofoam and other kinds as packaging materials in the 21 towns and 3 cities in the province.

As stated in the ordinance, violators will pay a fine of P1, 000 to P5, 000 or imprisonment of not less than six months to one year (depending on the number of offenses done) while for those who doesn’t have the capacity to pay the fine must serve the community through environment-related services for three months or longer upon the discretion of the court.

Further, all commercial establishments, stores and markets alike will be given 15 days to comply after the publication of the ordinance to avoid retraction of their business permits.

The ordinance should be posted near the cashier, check-out counter or in stalls of public markets, malls, talipapa, supermarket, restaurants, fastfoods, retail outlets, schools and other commercial establishments.

Meanwhile, Alvarado urges for the full cooperation of local officials as well as all the Bulakenyos in this campaign.

“Kinakailangan nating magkaisa para sa ating Inang Kalikasan sapagkat naniniwala ako na hindi pa huli ang lahat para masagip ito. Hinihiling ko sa inyo lahat ang kooperasyon natin para sa plastic ban dito sa ating lalawigan,” Alvarado said. ###

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