Councilor warns youth vs plastic things

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Friday, March 14, 2014


REFUSE plastic and those who misuse them.

This was Cebu City Councilor Nestor Archival’s advice to young girls during a summit on climate change, which was attended mostly by students.

“The best way to test if a boy is good for you is to give him a piece of candy. If he throws away the wrapper on the street, then it's a sign that's

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he's not good for you,” Archival said. “Kung mag-sige sya'g dala og plastic, buwagi (If he's always bringing a plastic bag, break up with him).”

The advice made students laugh.

The drive against plastics is no joke for Cebu City Hall, which prohibits business establishments from using plastic bags on Saturdays.

Plastic bags are not biodegradable and, if improperly disposed of, could end up in the sea and poison sea creatures that mistake them for food.

Ordinances

Archival, who chaired the committee on environment in his previous terms, said there are also ordinances creating the City Environmental Sanitation Enforcement Team (Ceset); establishing solid waste management system; and requiring rainwater collection and storage.

He said the City also passed the Environmental Sustainability Ordinance, which requires business establishments to plant trees or conduct other eco-friendly activities before their business permits can be renewed.

He said that all these measures aim to address climate change.

Archival said he is also preparing an ordinance that would incorporate environmental education in the school curriculum.

Speaker

The councilor was a guest speaker in the second day of the Young Public Managers and Developers Summit 2014 organized by political science students of the University of San Carlos (USC)–Main.

The summit focused on the theme, #NetizensInAction: Addressing Climate Change, because it aimed to get young people to use social media as a venue to help environmental protection efforts.

During the open forum, a student asked Archival why the plastic ban is only implemented on Saturdays.

“The one day plastic ban is just an interim,” said Archival, adding that the City will eventually impose a total ban.

He said that the City has to first raise the level of public awareness on the harmful effects of using plastic bags and packaging.

The ordinance encourages shoppers to bring reusable bags. Some stores sell reusable bags at counters.

Archival, who maintains a house that has energy-efficient lighting and décor made from recycled materials, also said tree planting is a one-time activity. He urged the youth to plant even one tree on his or her birthday and nurture it to maturity.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 15, 2014.

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