Negros Oriental Moves Closer to Becoming a Plastic-Free Province

Governor Roel Degamo has banned the use of single-use plastics in the province's government offices and hospitals.

(SPOT.ph) A 2017 study by the environmental organization Greenpeace found that the Philippines is the third worst contributor of plastic trash into the world's oceans. The country is slowly taking steps to decrease consumption of disposable plastics, with ordinances to ban single-use plastics at a public market in La Union and Cebu City Hall, and even a Senate bill that seeks to ban plastic straws nationwide. Negros Oriental now joins the fight against plastics, as Governor Roel Degamo issued an executive order on July 18 banning single-use plastics in the provinces' government offices and hospitals.

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Effective immediately, a total ban on plastic shopping bags, drinking straws, bottles, and Styrofoam containers will be enforced. Gov. Degamo hopes that with this order, Negros Oriental's government employees will set an example for the rest of the province in decreasing their plastic usage. 

This isn't Gov. Degamo's first initiative aimed at addressing environmental concerns—in March, he issued an executive order banning coal-fired power plants in Negros Oriental. In June 1, the Dumaguete City government also banned the use of disposable plastic bags from their city public market.

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