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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 12, 2012


Campaign against use of plastic bags gains wider support

by Larry Lopez

TABUK, Kalinga, Jan. 12(PIA) -- Small voices in the province are sending loud messages drumbeating the campaign against use of plastic bags and cellophane materials in support to biodegradable waste management program.

Inspired by the adage that “a journey starts with a single step”, a group of micro-entrepreneurs engaged in small enterprises who formed themselves as the Chamber of Kalinga Producers, Inc, (CKAPI) started the advocacy.

The initial salvo of their campaign was during the 2011 Christmas bazaar, when the group decided to totally ban among its members the use of plastic bags and cellophane materials as wrapper and bag of sold items from the fair.

Sending positive signals to the business community, the concept is starting to sink in among traders in the City, who are observed to be now adapting the practice.

Many store owners here have started to shift using newspapers as wrappers in place of “sando” plastic bags for sold.

City councilor Anthony Bakilan, chair of the Environment Committee of the Sangguniang Panlunsod, throws support to the campaign initiated by the business sector.

Bakilan cited the global move on environmental protection as key to mitigate ill effects of climate change, which advocates use of biodegradable materials instead of plastic and cellophanes.

It is remarkable to hear that the initiative comes from the business sector, who show concern also for the environment and that they are not only after making profit, Bakilan noted.

The councilor hinted authoring an ordinance at the city council promoting the use of recycled biodegradable materials as bags and wrappers, saying this would cause a big leap on the campaign. (JDP/LL-PIA CAR,Kalinga)

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