Greenpeace welcomes Malacañang plan on single-use plastic ban

Sign that states There is no Planet  B
A protester holds up a sign that states “There is no Planet B” during the global climate change strike in Schlossplatz, Erlangen. Photo credit: Markus Spiske/Unsplash

In a statement sent to Iloilo Updates, Greenpeace Southeast Asia regional campaign coordinator Abigail Aguilar said that they welcome the announcement that President Rodrigo Duterte is considering a nationwide ban on single-use plastics.

“This is a long delayed pronouncement which we trust will be put into action and will not remain a mere statement,” Aguilar stated in the press release.

Greenpeace Suggests How To Ban Single-Use Plastic

“The solution to the scourge of single-use plastics is to avoid its manufacture. As a first step, the President needs to certify as priority a strong national single-use plastic ban bill, which should aim for a drastic reduction of the manufacture of single-use plastic products and packaging, and their eventual elimination from the market.

“Importantly, this ban must include the phase out of sachet packaging, direct companies to redesign products and packaging, and give incentives to reuse, refill and other alternative delivery systems.

“Finally, the ban should not include false solutions such as materials substitution to paper or bioplastics, lightweighting of packaging, and chemical recycling, among others.”

According to a news published on the Daily Inquirer, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that President Duterte is eyeing to ban the use of plastics in the Philippines.

This pronouncement came after Vernice Victorio, President and CEO of the Natural Resources Development Corporation raised some climate change resiliency programs during the 43rd Cabinet meeting in Malacañang last November 6, 2019./

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