PIA Press Release
Monday, January 09, 2012
Proposed ordinance to strengthen campaign on proper disposal of cigarette buttsby Carlo P. Gonzaga
BATANGAS CTIY, Jan. 9 (PIA) -- An ordinance on the proper disposal of cigarette butts is now on its 2nd reading at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan proposed to widen the campaign on the right dumping of trash like cigarette butts containing chemicals that affects the environment.
Cigarette butts also contribute as obstruction in the continuous flow of water in drainages and other waterways when mix with other garbage that cause floods during rainy season and calamities like typhoons.
Under the proposed regulation, anyone caught violating the law will be penalized with P300 or community service for three days for first offense, P500 and five days community service for 2nd offense and for the 3rd offense, a fine of P1,000 and 15 days community service.
Upon approval, the provincial government environment and natural resources office (PG-ENRO) and the municipal health offices (MHO) in the different cities and municipalities in the province will be tasked to monitor the implementation of the ordinance. (CPG, PIA-4A with report from PIA-Batangas)