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Mayor urges City Council to craft more laws vs plastic

January 10, 2019 - Thursday 6:01 PM by Funny Pearl A. Gajunera

PLASTICITY. Scavengers sift through a mountain of garbage -- most of it plastic -- at the city dump in Magtuod, Davao City. ARJOY M. CENIZA

DAVAO CITY -- Mayor Sara Duterte asked the City Council to craft more laws against plastics, saying these materials are killing the environment.

The mayor’s statement came out after the Committee on Public Safety and Security under Councilor Maria Belen Acosta on Tuesday passed on first reading an ordinance banning flying balloons and lanterns.

“I fully support the action of Councilor Acosta, not just the flying balloons but all kinds of plastics,” she said.

“Most of the garbage collected during our coastal cleanups are plastics, all kinds of plastic. Mineral water bottles, biscuit wrappers, and many more. We cannot afford to let it continue,” she added.

Sara pointed out that the city cannot just put up new sanitary landfills to accommodate the growing volume of garbage, which is mostly composed of plastic.

The mayor’s statement was backed up by Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 11 Regional Executive Director Ruth Tawantawan, who suggested that the ban include rubberized balloons regardless of category, whether flying or not.

“There are so many damages that a plastic can make to our environment. A single balloon can burn a nipa hut or it can be eaten by sea creatures,” she said.

Tawantawan said she will fully support the action of the City Council and will help it in any possible way.

In a privilege on Tuesday’s regular City Council session, Acosta said flying balloons and lanterns can  harm turtles and other sea animals when they fall into the sea.

The proposed ordinance passed first reading and is scheduled for a committee hearing for the crafting of the law.