ANGELES City Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. has ordered the reduction in the use of plastic products and bags in the city to help save the environment.
Lazatin urged his constituents to beat plastic pollution by supporting and participating in the "Refill Revolution" program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources–Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB), which was delegated to the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro).
He said the program promotes an environment-friendly city.
He said families are also encouraged to reduce the usage of plastics at home.
The program includes refilling, where people who bring their own plastic bottles and containers may avail themselves of household liquid products and detergents, condiments, and toiletries with prices lower than the existing retail amounts.
Lazatin said raising awareness to lessen plastic production, consumption and packaging will lead to a healthier environment.
“Do not compromise and sacrifice the future of next generation. Let them enjoy a cleaner environment, where pollution will not take place. This is our responsibility for nature,” he added.
DENR-EMB Central Luzon Director Lormelyn Claudio said the EMB initiated an advocacy to inform the people about economical ways to reuse bottles and reduce the amount of plastic packaging that each household produces.
Councilor Alfie Bonifacio, chairman of the City Council committee on environment, said the program will foster unity and cooperation among the people in terms of protecting the environment.
“We need more activities like this that bring together people, businesses, and institutions to work as one for the environment,” he said.
Archimedez Lazatin, officer-in-charge of the City Information Office, thanked the DENR-EMB, private sector, barangay council and individuals who participated in the event.
He also mentioned the first ever “Septage and Hazardous Waste Management” campaign of the city.
“Let us show our concern for the environment by considering our everyday consumption,” he said.