Jagna concretizes no plastic policy in commercial establishments


The Municipality of Jagna thru the 8th Sangguniang Bayan has crafted and adopted Municipal Ordinance No. 09-12-2015 “AN ORDINANCE REGULATING ALL COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS FROM USING PLASTIC/CELLOPHANE MATERIALSUTILIZED AS BAGS/CONTAINERS FOR ALL COMMERCIAL GOODS INCLUDING PERISHABLE COMMODITIES AND PRESCRIBING PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION THEREOF”. The ordinance sponsored by Hon. Rodrigo B. Lloren was approved by the Local Chief Executive on December 11, 2015.

The ordinance anchored on Article II, Section 6 of the Philippine Constitution provision “that the State shall protect and advance the right of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature”; Section 3 (1) of RA 7160 (Local Government Code) provision “that Local Government Units shall share with the national government the responsibility in the management and maintenance of ecological balance within their territorial jurisdiction.

The Technical Working Group (TWG) and Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) Board of the municipality conducted the 2015 Waste Analysis and Characterization Study (WACS). The study reveals that despite serious efforts to segregate existing solid waste, plastics and other similar materials it remains to be a problem in the management of wastes generated. The WACS presented that the total waste generated per day in kilograms is at 12,214.93 from all sources – biodegradable, recyclable, potential diversion from residual, for disposal and special waste.

A huge problem the municipality is currently facing is the lack of a disposal facility for the wastes generated. Thus, efforts are being made by the Local Government Unit to reduce if not totally eliminate the use of plastic bags as commercial containers and replace it with alternative receptacles such as woven bags, cloth bags, paper bags and other similar materials. This ordinance firmly encourages the “Bring Your Own Bayong” move of the LGU.

General Provisions of the Ordinance have the following sections: (1) Title; (2) Definition of Terms (cloth bag, dry goods, dry market, plastic bags, Styrofoam, plastic wastes, wet goods, wet market, woven bags, primary packaging materials. Prohibition/Regulation includes the following sections: (3) Plastic Bags; (4) Regulating the Use of Plastic Bags on Wet Goods; (5) The Use of Styrofoam; (6) Selling of Plastic Bags; (7) Plastic Wastes not to be collected. Monitoring Department contains Section (8) Monitoring; Implementing of Rules and Regulations has Section 9. Implementing. Information Education Campaign provision is in Sections 10; while Penal Provision is in Section 11.

The Executive Department shall craft and provide the necessary rules and regulations for the proper and effective implementation of the ordinance. The implementation of the ordinance shall be strictly observed every Wednesday for a period of six months after which is a total observance of the provision.