Bacolod Councilor Caesar Distrito yesterday said the Bacolod City government will start regulating the use of all plastic bags in Bacolod City on November 9.
Distrito said the ordinance prohibiting the use, sale and provision of plastic bags as packaging materials in Bacolod City, was published on November 9, 2011, therefore, it takes effect on Nov. 9 this year.
The ordinance provides a fine of P1,000 and confiscation of plastic bags for the first offense, a fine of P3,000 and confiscation of plastic bags for the second offense.
For the third offense, a fine of P5,000 or imprisonment of not more than six months upon the discretion of the court, and in the case of the business establishment, cancellation of its business to operate for a year.
The ordinance said that plastic bags being non-biodegradable can clog canals, creeks and other waterways causing floods during the rainy season.
It said the City of Bacolod in its desire to prohibit the use of plastic film bags as packaging materials, encourages the utilization of alternative packaging materials such as woven bags, cloth bags, paper bags, and other similar materials, and promote the “bring your own bag program”.
Distrito said information dissemination has already been conducted to inform the public that the city will start implementing the regulation of all plastic bags starting November 9 except for biodegradable plastic bags.
Distrito said plastic bags are banned as a policy of the city against the proliferation of garbage especially plastics and at the same time helping the environment.
So far the schools and the business sector are very supportive of it, he said.
Distrito said they are expecting the different agencies concerned to help in the information dissemination and there should be no confiscation for now.
“We are proud to say that Bacolod will join the ranks of a few cities all over the country that bans the use of plastic bags as a deterrent of climate change,” he said.
The ordinance was authored by Councilor Em Ang and co-authored by Councilors Homer Bais, Mona Dia Jardin, Roberto Rojas, Al Victor Espino and Distrito.*CGS