Issue of September 2, 2018
     
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Grace period on plastic edict ‘til Sept 1, traders to comply
by Aileen P. Refuerzo / PIO

Businessmen must now fully comply with Ordinance 35-2017 or the Plastic and Styrofoam-Free Baguio City Ordinance as the grace period given them to dispose their stocks of sando bags ended on Sept. 1.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan issued this reminder as the city prepares to intensify the implementation of Ordinance 35-2017, which imposes a total ban on the use of Styrofoam and plastic materials in the city. The ordinance bans non-biodegradable and biodegradable plastic bags.

The Monitoring and Oversight Committee, headed by City Environment and Parks Management Officer Cordelia Lacsamana as action officer and the City Solid Waste Management Board, which oversees the implementation of the measure, is set to conduct trainings for members of the Plastic and Styrofoam-Free Task Force headed by General Services Officer Eugene Buyucan and select operatives from various offices to capacitate them in the enforcement of the ordinance.

The trainees from the Baguio City Police office, the Public Order and Safety Division, the GSO, and the Cepmo will also be deputized to implement the ordinance.

A second training and deputation will be conducted for environmental officers of the 128 barangays, numbering 256, to serve as force multipliers.

Buyucan said Administrative Order 45-18 signed by the mayor provided for the creation of the task force to enforce Ordinance 35-17 while Republic Act 9003 or the Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 provides for the deputation of environmental officers to implement environmental laws provided that they have undergone proper training.  

Ordinance 35-17 prohibits business establishments from providing any customer any plastic bag or polystyrene foam container for goods or items purchased or for food or drink served to customers. It covers all business activities and establishments in the city including city government schools and offices.

Instead, these establishments will be mandated “to provide or make available to customers for free or for a cost, paper bags or reusable bags or containers made of paper or materials which are biodegradable, for the purpose of carrying out goods or other items from the point of sale.”

The measure will not prohibit customers from using bags of any other type that they bring to the store, except, plastic bags which are prohibited by the ordinance.

Business establishments are required to post: “Bawal ang paggamit ng plastic bags at Styrofoam” in their premises.

The measure mandates all city government schools and offices to maintain a “No plastic bag, No Styrofoam” policy in their offices or school premises including in government-sponsored events and functions.

The penalties are reprimand or immediate closure for establishments without business permit on first offense; P1,000 on second offense; P3,000 and eight hours community service on third offense; and P5,000 fine and suspension of business permit for six months on fourth offense.

Heads of city government offices, school administrators, principals and concerned persons in authority who violate the ordinance will be subject to Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standard for Government Officials and other local orders and issuances.


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