MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte is considering a ban on the use of plastics in the entire country, Malacañang said Thursday.
Duterte made the remark during Wednesday's Cabinet meeting, according to his spokesman Salvador Panelo.
A 2015 report on plastic pollution ranked the Philippines as the 3rd biggest source of plastic leaking into the oceans, following China and Indonesia.
Two measures seeking the prohibition of single-use plastics have been filed by Senators Cynthia Villar and Francis Pangilinan.
Both bills, pending on the committee level, seek to ban food establishments, stores, markets, and retailers from issuing single-use plastics.
Consumers will also be diverted to use reusable materials, and manufacturers will be mandated to collect, recycle and dispose single-use plastics manufactured and in circulation in the general market.
The importation of single-use plastics will also be prohibited, while individuals and businesses who use alternative materials will be given incentives.