By Leslie Ann Aquino
A Catholic prelate said Filipinos should start shunning single use plastic and not wait anymore for a law formally banning it.
Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos said people should take climate change seriously by being responsible stewards of creation.
“Don’t wait for a formal law to ban single use plastic. We must be serious about climate change, do something good and useful to prevent the degradation of our environment,” he said.
The prelate said that in the Diocese of Balanga in Bataan, they already implemented steps to preserve the environment.
“In our Catholic schools, we ask our students to bring and use their own spoon, forks, and drinking tumblers,” Santos said.
Parishes, he said, have also stopped using tarpaulins.
“And like our students, we directed our parish councils not to use or serve plastic cups, plates, spoons and forks during meal meetings,” said Santos.
The prelate expressed hope that President Duterte’s plan to ban the use of plastics in the country will push through.
According to a 2015 findings, the Philippines is the third biggest source of plastic waste in the oceans.