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Bulacan implements province-wide plastic ban
Monday, 23 July 2012
CITY OF MALOLOS- Bulacan will finally implement the ban on the use and sale of plastic bags in the province.

Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado signed the implementing rules and regulations of the Provincial Ordinance No. 2012-09 during the Marilao-Meycauayan-Obando River System clean-up drive recently.

The said ordinance prohibits the 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.

In addition, burning and disposal of the said materials is also prohibited.

However, oxo biodegradable plastic made from polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene as wrapper of wet goods is an exemption to the law.

As stated in the ordinance, violators will face a fine of P3, 000 to P5, 000 or imprisonment of not less than six months to one year 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 after the posting of the said ordinance to comply 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.

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. ###

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