July 18, 2024

The reconstituted Plastic and Styrofoam-free Baguio (PSFB) task force conducted an information, education, and communication campaign at the city public market to further the city’s drive of becoming plastic and Styrofoam-free.
The task force distributed primers on Ordinance 35, s. 2017 or the Plastic and Styrofoam-free Baguio Ordinance at blocks 3, 4, and block 4 relocation.
Engr. Wilbur Suanding who represented City and Environment and Parks Management Office Head, Atty. Rhenan Diwas, led members of the task force in the IEC.
The vendors were once more informed on the prohibitions in using plastic bags for good or items purchased, including take-out or dine-in food; but instead, paper bags, reusable containers or bags, and biodegradable materials should be used.
Buyers are encouraged to bring their own containers for food products such as fish or meat, or processed food.
Stallholders in blocks 3 and 4 and block 4 relocation were reminded to post signages “Bawal ang Paggamit ng Plastic Bags and Styrofoam.”
Some vendors were compliant, while some insisted the signages got lost or were covered by hanging merchandise.  
The vendors were also informed plastic bags bearing the Environmental Technology Verification number should be certified.
Some vendors were engaged in discussions why the use of plastics is discouraged: to reduce the cost of solid waste disposal, environmental protection, and promotion of reusable and biodegradable packing materials. 
Business operators/vendors were also reminded that provision of reusable or biodegradable container, either free or at cost should be indicated in receipt they issue.
Ordinance 35, s. 2017 is now primed for further amendments for better implementation. It has undergone first reading at the city council, with status monitoring through the sangguniang panlungsod, and more public consultations.
The ordinance covers all business establishments, schools and city government offices; including all activities in the institutions.
The PSFB task force, which is reconstituted through an administrative order, is composed of heads or representatives from the General Services Office, City Treasurers Office, Permits and Licensing Division-City Mayor’s Office, Special Services Division, Health Services Office, Public Order Services Division, Public Information Office, Baguio City Police Office, and other concerned offices.  – Julie G. Fianza