NEDA 7 joins single-use plastics ban

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The continued use and disposal of single-use plastics have since been the top contributor to marine pollution. (Photo from Greenpeace)

Starting 2019, the NEDA Regional Office (NRO) 7 will no longer allow its food suppliers to use plastic utensils nor serve food and drinks placed in single-use containers like plastics and “styrofoams.”

NRO 7 Regional Director Efren Carreon said that NRO 7 canvass documents will indicate that for their proposals to be considered, food suppliers will have to agree to this condition.

Carreon added that it is about time that the NRO 7 does its share in heeding the call to minimize the use of single-use containers as a measure to lessen waste generation and help save the environment.

The Ocean Conservatory and the McKinsey Center for Business Environment had reported that the Philippines is one of five Asian countries that contribute highly to more than half of the plastic-waste leakage into the seas. The Biodiversity Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources had said it is critical to take steps against plastic pollution beyond conducting coastal cleanups.

In its 3rd Full Council Meeting in October 2018, the Regional Development Council (RDC) passed Resolution No. 56 enjoining local government units (LGUs) in Central Visayas to enact ordinances that would minimize and/or reduce dependence on single-use plastics and to promote green alternatives at the local level.

In 2016, the RDC passed Resolution No. 28 urging LGUs, regional line agencies, and government training institutions from serving meals and food products wrapped in plastic, styrofoam, and other non-biodegradable materials; and from using plastic cups, disposable cutlery, and plastic straws.