5:00 PM thoughts.

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The more we know about the environment, the better will be our capacity to conserve and manage these resources we have for the present and future generations.

It cannot be denied that some of the catastrophes that had happened in the Philippines were mere consequences of environmental degradation—floods, soil erosion, red tide, air pollution and contaminated water.

Wastes are everywhere, specifically plastic. Here in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, one of the major problems that local government combat was solid waste management. Burning plastic was prohibited, even when you bury it into the ground for thousands of years, it will remain and still plastic. It will never perish. Even when disposed of properly, they take many years to decompose and break down, generating large amounts of garbage over long periods of time. If not disposed of properly the bags can pollute waterways, clog sewers and have been found in oceans affecting the habitat of animals and marine creatures

This is the reason why the government has started its campaign against the use of plastic and styrofoam materials in packaging products. The Total Plastic Ban Act of 2011 was introduced in the Senate in March 2011 and also remains pending in the Committees. The purpose of the proposed act is to implement a total plastic ban throughout the country.

This law was very promising, but I think fine was not enough to stop those who violate the environmental laws. Based on my observation those environmental problems are brought by weak enforcement of laws and poor regulation.

The success of this ordinance was the active cooperation of the people with the local government units. It is the principle of participation. Each person has a duty to safeguard and to contribute on the protection of the environment. Every individual is empowered to be a catalyst of change. Well, do your part people, there’s no need to enumerate those, as a concern Filipino Citizen you know what responsibility is.

This ordinance was like the law implemented in the Los Baños in Laguna, Sta. Barbara in Iloilo, Lucban in Quezon, Carmona in Cavite, Odiongan in Romblon, Burgos in Pangasinan, and  Muntinlupa City – they all have banned plastics in their municipality/city. I admired these municipalities/cities because they set an example of good governance through the implementation of this ordinance.

But the question is, who will be the next next? Better yet, who among us have stopped using plastic on our own free will?

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