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De Lima lauds gov’t push against single-use plastics

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By Hannah Torregoza

Opposition Sen. Leila de Lima has lauded the Duterte government’s plan to ban single-use plastics in the entire country to address the worsening garbage problem and mitigate the adverse impact of climate change.

Senator Leila de Lima (REUTERS / MANILA BULLETIN)

Senator Leila de Lima (REUTERS / MANILA BULLETIN)

“I have consistently pushed for the phase-out of single-use plastics in our country that is why I consider it a welcome development that the administration is finally showing inclination in addressing plastic pollution,” de Lima said in a statement.

“Moving forward, I hope that there would be concerted efforts between the government and the Filipino populace in saving our environment and mitigating climate change by eliminating the consumption of single-use plastics nationwide,” she added.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo recently disclosed that the President raised the idea of banning the use of plastics in the entire Philippines after the issue on climate change was raised in a Cabinet meeting.

According to Panelo, the President is in fact considering certifying as urgent the measure seeking to ban single-use plastics.

De Lima, who chairs the Senate committee on social justice, welfare and rural development, said she has consistently pushed for prohibiting single-use plastics.

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