By Christina Hermoso
Bishop Alberto Uy of the Diocese of Tagbilaran has called on the members of the clergy and the faithful in his diocese to avoid using single-use plastic bags and containers.
“To all priests and parishioners, as much as possible, please avoid the use of styros and plastics in any of our gatherings and activities.
It is important for us to unite in taking care of our environment,” Uy said over Church-run Radio Veritas.
“Let us support Pope Francis’ encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ on environmental care and protection,” he added.
A study conducted by the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) said, nearly 60 billion plastic sachets are manufactured in the country every year. Around 48 million shopping bags and 17 billion other plastic products are also manufactured yearly.
“If every citizen will do his share in helping preserve the environment, we will all live in a clean and safe community that is pollution-free and plastic-free,” Uy said.
The bishop also supports the program initiated by the Plastic Free Bohol Movement for a Plastic Free July Beach Cleanup, in partnership with the Korean University Council for Social Services, which will be held in Panglao, Bohol on July 13; Danao Beach on July 20; and at the Doljo Beach on July 27 starting at 7:30 a.m.