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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Plastic ban to push through pending fix



Friday, June 15, 2012
THE City Council is set to amend the provision of the ordinance that bans the use of plastic bags and polystyrene foam, commonly known as "Styrofoam" that takes effect starting June 28.
Councilor Melchor Quitain, chair of the City Council committee on ethics and good governance, said the implementation of the plastic ban will continue pending the plan of the council to amend the ordinance.
"There is really a need for us to make some amendments for us to take on the law," Quitain said.
Quitain said no matter how broad and how general the law is, there's no other choice but to implement it without the legal remedies taken to amend or repeal a portion of the law to get rid of the ambiguity of the law.
Among the issues that need to be addressed include the scope of the ban as to the specific types of plastics that should be banned, among others.
Quitain admitted that the law is too broad and general that could trigger conflicts and misunderstanding.
Meanwhile, Lawyer Joseph Dominic Felizarta, chief of the Davao City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro), said they will still implement the ban even with the ongoing plans to amend it.
The ban for all non-biodegradable bags (with handle) will start on June 28, while the polystyrene foam ban will be moved to indefinite time.
Based on their estimate, there are 31,000 to 34,000 establishments here that are set to comply with the policy.
Violators of the order will face either administrative or criminal cases, if proven guilty.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 15, 2012.
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