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Balanga diocese bans use of plastic decors, tarpaulins in parishes


By Leslie Ann Aquino

The Diocese of Balanga in Bataan is going “green” for the environment.

Bishop Ruperto Santos (CBCP / MANILA BULLETIN)

Bishop Ruperto Santos

In an interview, Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos said his diocese is discouraging the use of plastic flowers as decors in parishes, as well as tarpaulins.

“In our cathedral, we go green. We discourage the use of plastic flowers and decors, but natural plants and flowers. We also set aside tarpaulins,” he said.

“Also our cathedral is no parking zone. This is to encourage our parishioners to walk, and feel free to move around the cathedral,” added Santos.

The Balanga prelate said they also remind parishioners not to litter and to keep everything clean.

After all, Santos said: cleanliness is next to Godliness.

He said their decision to go green was also in support of a city ordinance against plastic use.

“We discussed during our clergy monthly meeting last July 15, that we are supporting the city ordinance of no plastic plates, cups, spoons, and fork. We encourage bringing your own and use your own plates, etc,” said Santos.

He said “boodle fights” using banana leaves and bare hands in eating are also being urged during parish council and ministry meetings.

Earlier, Tagbilaran Bishop Alberto Uy also urged his priests and parishioners to avoid the use of styros and plastics.

“To all priests and parishioners, as much as possible, please avoid the use of styros and plastics in any of our gatherings and activities,” he said in a Facebook post.

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle earlier lamented the trash that usually comes with church celebrations.

“It’s really a wonder why there are many waste whenever there is a big feast in the church,” he said in a Mass at Sta Cruz Church recently.

His Eminence appealed to the faithful to take care of the environment not only for the sake of the youth but also because it’s God’s gift.

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