Plastic ban policy is ‘ambiguous’

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio admitted on Monday that the city's policy on plastic ban has gray areas and implementing an ambiguous law is challenging on the part of the City Hall.

Duterte-Carpio in her weekly press briefing said authors of Davao City Ecological Solid Waste Management Ordinance of 2009 should have "specified the wordings of the ordinance in order to avoid confusions."

The city is set to ban the use of plastic bags (with handle) and polystyrene foam, commonly known as "styro foam" starting on June 28.


"For a city as big as Davao City, it will be a challenge, pero kay naa may balaod na kailangan ipatuman (but since there is a law that must be implemented), the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro), will exert their utmost effort in implementing the law," Duterte-Carpio said.

The city mayor said she has yet to read the whole content of the law, especially on the provisions that prohibits the use of plastic bags and styro foam in Davao City.

The plastic ban is one of the provisions of the ordinance, in compliance to Republic Act 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Program.

Councilor Melchor Quitain, chair of the City Council committee on ethics and good governance, said the implementation of the plastic ban will push through, amid plan of the council to amend it.

Quitain said no matter how broad and 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.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 19, 2012.

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