Issue of November 5, 2017

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Market stakeholders to hold IEC on use of reusable bags
by Rimaliza A. Opiña and Jho Arranz

Vendors at the market will be helping the city government in enforcing the plastics ban through an information and education campaign.

While the anti-plastic ordinance allows the use of plastics for wet items, Baguio Market Vendors’ Alliance Consolidated Inc. president Zosimo Abratique said their group is pushing for the zero use of plastic bags by advocating to buyers to bring reusable containers instead.

The ordinance mandates full compliance on the non-use of plastics on April 2018.

“The target is the buyers who prefer using plastic bags because it is convenient,” Abratique said, reiterating that vendors will comply with the ban.

The city council amended the plastic bags ban which now includes Styrofoam.

The implementation of the ordinance will be piloted at the city market tomorrow, Nov. 6.

“It is in the best interest of the health, safety and welfare of the residents that this regulation discourages the use of plastic bags and polystyrene foam containers also known as Styrofoam, reduce the cost of solid waste disposal by the city, protect the environment and recover the cost in promoting the use of recyclable paper bags and reusable bags in the city of Baguio,” Acting Mayor Edison Bilog said in Administrative Order 160.

Penalties for violation are reprimand or immediate closure for establishments without business permit for first offense, P1,000 fine for second offense, P3,000 fine and eight hours community service for third offense, and P5,000 fine and suspension of business permit for six months for fourth offense.

Penalties for violation of any of the provision by heads of the city government offices, school administrators, principals and concerned persons in authority will be anchored on Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and other Ethical Standards for Government Officials and Employees, and other local orders and issuances.

The ordinance also provides awards and recognition for those who will sustain compliance.

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Baguio Central University
Baguio Country Club
Benguet Electric Cooperative Inc.
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – CAR
Congressman Ronald M. Cosalan
Department of Health – CAR
John Hay Management Corporation
National Grid Corporation of the Philippines
New Media Services
Pag–IBIG Fund
Pines City Colleges
Sangguniang Panlungsod

Assumption Medical Diagnostic Center
Baguio Center Mall
Baguio Water District
Choobi Choobi
Congressman Mark O. Go
Councilor Leandro B. Yangot Jr.
Curamed Pharmacy
Department of Environment and Natural Resources – CAR
Department of Public Works and Highways – CAR
Department of Science and Technology
Fabulo Beauty and Image Salon
Far East Pacific Commercial
Filipino–Japanese Foundation of Northern Luzon, Inc.
Ganza & Solibao Restaurants
Gen. Benjie B. Magalong
GMS Technology
Governor Crescencio C. Pacalso
Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan
Mayor Romeo K. Salda
Mother Earth Deli Basket
Nagomi Spa
Narda’s / Sunflower Ridge
Northern Luzon School for the Visually Impaired, Inc.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Montessori, Inc.
Philex Mining Corporation
Police Regional Office – CAR
Regional Development Council – CAR and National Economic and Development Authority – CAR
Regional Tripartate Wages and Productivity Board – CAR
SN Aboitiz
Tony Boy Tabora
Veterans Bank
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