By Junex Doronio
November 02, 2022
CORDOVA, Cebu — Noting that plastic materials take a long time to decompose and pose a threat to the environment, residents here have praised Mayor Cesar “Didoy” Suan and the municipal council for their bold move in coming up with an ordinance prohibiting the use of plastic on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Suan — the first-time mayor who defeated the Sitoy political dynasty which had ruled this third-class municipality for 47 long years — pointed out that plastic materials not only threaten the environment but also affect the town’s tourism industry.
He said small businesses caught violating the ordinance can face a fine of P500 to P1,500; medium businesses, P1,000 to P2,000; and large businesses, P1,500 to P2,500.
Suan added that the Municipality will also suspend or revoke the violator’s business permit depending on the violation committed.
During Wednesdays and Saturdays, the residents will have to use paper bags, rattan bags, net bags, or eco bags for shopping.
However, products already wrapped in plastic such as vinegar, soy sauce, ice water, and ice candy, among others, are exempted.
Suan said a study conducted by the local government unit showed that it has a hard time managing the volume of plastic garbage in the town. (ai/mtvn)