GENERAL SANTOS CITY – An ordinance has been passed in this city regulating the use of plastic bags and expanded polystyrene food services containers.
There will be a one-year moratorium, or until June 2015, before the strict implementation against the use of plastic when buying dry goods.
Residents, however, are apprehensive about the ordinance.
"Mahirapan na kami… Wala na malagyan," Neneng Lom-oc, a customer, said.
Councilor Richard Atendido, one of the principal sponsors of the ordinance, explained that the use of plastic bags is merely regulated, not banned.
"Yung dry goods na sinasabi natin dito yun yung item na may mahabang shelf life. Hindi nangangailangan ng refrigeration. Isa yung damit, halimbawa. Dito na natin gagamitin yung bayong pag bumili ka. Pwede namang gamitin sa mga wet products bilang container. Pero kung ilalagay ito sa isa pang plastic, bawal na," Atendido said.
"Ni-regulate lang natin ito. Pwede syang gamitin sa wet market. Bili ka ng isda, bagoong, wet yun… as primary container ibig sabihin kung bibili ka ng isang kilo sa plastiic, pwede yun. Pero the moment na bumili ka nun bawal na ilagay sa sando bag as secondary receptacle."
The ordinance was passed on Tuesday, Atendido said. It will be published in a newspaper of general circulation for five days, before the release of the implementing rules and regulations.
There will also be an information drive about the ordinance, the councilor said.
Those found violating the ordinance will have to pay a P5,000 fine and face a one-year imprisonment. – From a report by Francis Canlas, ABS-CBN News GenSan