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PIA Press Release
2007/11/07

Region 1 seeks use of indigenous "bayong" and paper bags

By Miriam P. Aquino

San Fernando City, La Union (7 November) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) La Union Provincial Office seeks to implement its massive advocacy campaign on the use of natural and indigenous materials like bayong, paper bags/boxes in commercial establishments (shopping malls, groceries, restaurants, among others), in replacement for plastics and styropors which contributes to the impact of climate change.

This move is part of the government's efforts to promote and protect the environment from the negative effects/impact of global warming.

According to Venus Junio, Information Officer and Chief - Environmental Education and Information Section of DENR-Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed between DENR and the City Government of San Fernando in cooperation with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on this project.

A project launching was held last year carrying the theme "Bawas Plastic, Bawas Basura", to lessen/minimize the use of plastics in the purchase of goods from different commercial establishments with the city's public market as the primary target. "Based on our monitoring some have tried to comply, but still there's a need for a strict implementation of this program," Celso Jucutan, the City's Environmental Researcher said.

Also in support to this campaign, the City Government of San Fernando has come up with the display and promotion of the bamboo baskets as market bags in the different parts of the city's commercial district. This move also encourages the public to patronize our own bamboo basket producing business in areas like Abut and Saoay, this city, Jucutan added.

Aside from this, the City is also planning on a future program to promote the use of "katsa" for market bags.

Junio said that at present, she and her DTI La Union Provincial Office counterpart are on the planning stages for a more strengthened advocacy measures which will be ready for implementation hopefully by next year.

DENR Secretary Jose Atienza said the agency will coordinate with the city and municipal councils nationwide to determine the sanctions and penalties to be imposed on violators.

"Uunti-untiin muna natin. All we need to do now is to coordinate first with the local council. Once the policy and penalties are created in the local efforts, we will go up to Congress for the passage of a possible law regarding that matter," Atienza said. (PIA La Union) [top]

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