By Paulo Loreto Lim
The Bacolod City Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) approved at their regular session yesterday, a resolution urging Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia to strictly enforce a previously passed ordinance that bans the use of plastic bags.
The resolution, authored by City Councilor Em Ang, claims various establishments, including food kiosks and market vendors, “do not comply with the provisions provided by the ordinance.”
According to City Ordinance 562, passed in October 2011, also authored by Ang, business establishments are not allowed to “utilize, sell, or provide plastic bags.”
The ordinance defines plastic bag as “a type of bag made of thin, flexible, plastic film that is designed to be provided or utilized at the point of sale for containing, carrying, holding, and transporting goods.”
The document goes on to suggest the said establishments, which also include roving vendors and sari-sari stores, provide “alternative packaging material” for free; which Section 5 of the ordinance describes as reusable bags, woven bags, cloth bags, rattan baskets, among others.
The resolution also seeks the enforcement of penalties, which includes a P1,000 fine for any individual or business in violation of the ordinance.
A second offense carries a P3,000 fine, while a third offense is assessed a P5,000 fine and up to six months in jail.
Meanwhile, on a third offense, businesses caught in violation of the ordinance will see their business license canceled for one year.
At the time of passage, businesses were given a one year moratorium to dispose of their inventory of plastic bags./WDJ