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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Congressman Mark O. Go
Department of Health – CAR
Kings College of the Philippines
Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company
Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan
Narda’s Handwoven Arts & Crafts Inc.
Philex Mining Corporation
Pines City Colleges
Province of Benguet
Sangguniang Panlungsod
SM City Baguio
Social Security System

Assumption Medical Diagnostic Center
Baguio Center Mall
Baguio Central University
Baguio Heart and Lung Diagnostic Center Inc.
Baguio Memorial Chapels Incorporated
Baguio Water District
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – CAR
C & Triple A Supermart
Congressman Ronald M. Cosalan
Curamed Pharmacy
Data Center College of the Philippines of Baguio City Inc.
Department of Agriculture – CAR
Department of Environment and Natural Resources – CAR
Department of Trade and Industry – CAR
Department of Transportation – CAR
Easter College Incorporated
Fabulo Beauty and Image Salon
Fast East Pacific Commercial
Filipino–Japanese Friendship Association of Northern Luzon, Inc.
GMS Technology
Immigration Network Services, Inc.
La Funeraria Paz, Inc.
Mayor Romeo K. Salda
MMS Development Training Center Corporation
Mother Earth Deli Basket
National Economic & Development Authority–CAR
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration
Philippine Science High School – CARC
R.A. Gapuz Review Center
Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board – CAR
Solibao – Ganza Restaurant
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
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