Iloilo town councilor grateful for passage of plastic ban ordinance

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Sangguniang Bayan (SB) member Daniel Fajardo II thanked his colleagues for the swift passage of an ordinance regulating the use of plastic bags and styrofoam in Pavia, Iloilo.

The Sangguniang Bayan, led by Vice Mayor Edsel Gerochi, approved the Plastic Bags and Styrofoam Regulation Ordinance on its third and final reading.

Fajardo deemed it necessary to have an ordinance that regulates the use of plastic cellophane and sando bags as packaging materials for wet and dry goods and the use of styrofoam in public markets, stores, and malls in town. (

“Plastic cellophane, sando bags, and expandable polystyrene (EPS) foams — being non-biodegradable materials — clog our canals, creeks, rivers, and other waterways, causing floods during the rainy season and causing harm to these waterways and the surrounding communities,” the chair of the Committee on Environmental Protection said.

The use of recyclable, reusable, and/or biodegradable materials like eco-bags, woven bags (libon), cloth bags (katsa), and rattan baskets as alternative packaging materials is strongly encouraged.

The ordinance also urged stores to implement the “Bring Your Own Bag” program and to formulate incentives.

A “green lane” is one in which stores may offer special counters or express lanes to customers who bring their own or reusable bags.