MANILA, Philippines— Mandaluyong Councilor Jessie Garcia presented a draft ordinance requiring all restaurants and dry-good groceries and supermarkets to stop using and giving away plastic bags to customers, and prohibit in using disposable plastic or styrofoam packages and utensils thus, compelling them to use “washable” plates and utensils. This is for the purpose of reducing plastic wastes in the city.
The following penalties will be observed:
- Market vendors, canteens and sari-sari (variety) stores will be fined P150 for the first offense;
- Groceries and supermarkets will be fined P500 for the first offense.
- Fines of P300 to P1,000 have been recommended for small-time vendors and supermarkets, respectively, for the second offense;
- P1,500 to P3,000 and the suspension of business permits, for third-time offenders.
The proposal recommended half a day of community service for those found violating the ordinance.
A task force composed of the city environment officer, Sanggunian Kabataan Federation president, three representatives from Mandaluyong-based environment organizations and two representatives from the Liga ng mga Barangay shall be created to monitor its implementation.
According to Jimmy Isidro, Mandaluyong public information chief, establishments in the city like Rustans and SM Megamall have already started cutting down on their consumption of plastic.
This will be a good start for a Greener Philippines!