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Muntinlupa to ban plastic bags by Jan. 18

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MUNTINLUPA CITY - The local government has reminded business establishments to follow the city's ban on the use of plastic bags starting Jan. 18 as it warned would-be violators of sanctions.

According to Muntinlupa City Mayor Aldrin San Pedro, under City Ordinance 10-109, business establishments are prohibited from using, offering, or selling plastic bags as primary or secondary packing materials for dry goods, as well as for wet goods such as fish, meat, and poultry.

He said the ordinance further bans polystyrene containers, commonly known as “Styro,” for foodstuffs, drinks, and other goods.

Section 15 of City Ordinance 10-109 reads, "violators shall be fined P500; P1,000; and P2,500 for the first, second, and third offenses or imprisonment of not more than six months at the discretion of the court."

The mayor warned that business establishments found violating the law face the risk of having their licenses to operate cancelled for up to one year.

He, meanwhile, had earlier said that “plastic bags and styrofoam materials are major contributors to the clogging of waterways in Metro Manila, which in turn cause flooding.”

Citing information from the city’s engineering department, San Pedro said that 90 percent of materials found obstructing storm drains and waterways are plastic discards, costing the city government P2.3 million for de-clogging operations in 2009.

He explained that the destructive Ondoy floods in 2009 prompted the city government to adopt further environmental measures such as the plastic ban that would keep Muntinlupa’s 11 rivers and three creeks that drain into the Laguna de Bay garbage free.

It can be recalled that at the height of typhoon Ondoy, the lake overflowed, flooding the city’s barangays, which all sit along the lake except for one barangay, and causing the evacuation of over 3,500 families.

By PIA-NCR/jerome carlo r. paunan




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