||Asean Affairs 20 June 2013
Ban on plastics misplaced – PCCI
The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) yesterday said the ban imposed by local government units (LGUs) on the use of plastic bags has adverse impact to the industry and economy calling such move a misplaced concern.
PCCI vice president for environment Edgardo G. Lacson issued this statement in support of the plastic industry that is now besieged by resolutions of LGUs banning the use of plastic bags in groceries, wet markets and many other establishments.
Lacson noted that about 300 local manufacturers and processors of carrier bags are employing about 175,000 workers will be affected by the move of LGUs to ban plastics bags. To date, twenty percent (20%) of the workforce have been affected.
Lacson said it is a misplaced concern to say that plastics are harmful material to the environment
“Plastic bags are recyclable. It has superior qualities making it an efficient and environment-friendly material,” Lacson said.
The use of plastic bags is not the cause of flooding and clogging of drainage but is caused by the indiscriminate throwing of wastes or littering of the people.
Any regulation, ban or charge system through tax or environmental levy on any packaging material should be backed by and based on a life cycle analysis (LCA) and cost benefit analysis.
In this light, the PCCI has urged the national government to require LGUs to strictly and fully implement Republic Act No. 9003 – The Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000” in their own locality.
The national government should also immediately fund and establish the National Ecology Center (NEC) that will establish guidelines on the use of environmentally-acceptable materials as required under Section 29 of RA 9003 and use this list as the sole reference guide for LGUs before they pass ordinances for the phase out of such materials officially identified as “non-environmentally acceptable.
There should be a stricter implementation of existing laws on anti-littering, waste segregation and collection, the PCCI added. (BCM)
ffirmed their commitment to promote and expand their bilateral relations despite the escalating tensions in the West Philippine Sea.