Iloilo City – The Iloilo City Government through the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) has started the enforcement of the city’s Plastic Ordinance.
Jovan De la Pena, sectoral leader of the enforcement team of CENRO, disclosed that a group of eight environmental aides has been dispatched to conduct inspections and monitor compliance with the ordinance in 207 establishments.
The random inspection was conducted in establishments and vendors positioned along the major streets of City Proper like J.M. Basa, Iznart, Aldeguer and Ma. Clara.
“Of the number, a total of 159 establishments and vendors were found compliant with Regulation Ordinance No. 2013-403,” De la Pena said.
The Plastic Ordinance regulates the use of non-biodegradable plastic shopping bags as wrapping, bagging, and/or packaging materials for establishments in the city.
It covers sari-sari stores, market vendors, hawkers or bolanteros, supermarkets, department stores/malls, groceries or restaurants, canteens, fast-food chains, bakeries, coffee shops, hotels, catering services, and other similar establishments.
He said 48 vendors and establishments were found to have in their possession non-biodegradable plastic bags.
The city has entered into a partnership with the Central Philippine University (CPU) here to have the samples tested in its facility.