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MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Aug. 3 (PIA) -- The city government of Maasin City is determined to embark on yet another drive towards environmental awareness by designating a day to ban the use of any plastic for packaging.

Towards this end, an ordinance is in the works, crafted by the SangguniangPanlunsod, in an effort to regulate the sale, use, and provision of plastic bags as packaging material, a legislative measure also known as “No Plastics Day.”

“This local ordinance is now on its first reading,” City Mayor Nacional Mercado reported on Tuesday, July 31, during his midterm report at the city gym here, the occasion also considered as his second State of the City Address (SOCA).

Mercado said his report, or SOCA, should have been delivered in March this year, but was postponed because of the barangay polls in May.

He mentioned the item on banning the use of plastic during his hour-long speech as part of his governance agenda, which was anchored on the spelling of his name, Nacional, the second letter N of which referred to “Nurturing Environmental Conservation.”

The other letters stand for Nutrition, which also covers health, sports, and wellness; Agricultural development; Commercial hub of Southern Leyte; Infrastructure development; Orderliness, including keeping the peace and disaster preparedness; Active governance; and Livelihood opportunities.

On the move to rein in the widespread use of plastics in the city, Mercado cited the Philippines as one of the countries that generate waste by using cellophone as sachet material for keeping sundry items like ice candy, ice water, and using sando plastics as shopping bags for wet and dry groceries.

The upcoming ordinance would somehow attempt to lessen or reduce too much dependence on those plastic materials for the good of the environment, Mercado also said. (ldl/mmp/PIA8-Southern Leyte)