The 16th Council of the Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Iligan approved, on its third and final reading, the proposed ordinance authored by Councilor Jesse Ray N. Balanay – “An Ordinance Prohibiting the Selling and Using of Single-Use Plastics and Styrofoam for Food and Water Containers on Dry Goods and Wet Goods in Households, Schools, Hospitals, Shopping Centers, Malls, Restaurants, Markets, Retail Stores and similar Establishments in Iligan City including the Local and National Governments Offices, and Providing Funds Thereof,” otherwise known as “The Comprehensive Plastic-Ban Ordinance.”
The ordinance was approved on Monday, April 1, 2019, during the Regular Session of the Iligan City Council at the SP Session Hall of the Pedro Generalao Building.
The said ordinance underwent three public hearings inviting all stakeholders coming from the business sectors, civil society, academe, and different government agencies. The main goal of this ordinance is to reduce the plastic waste that will end up in the dumpsite considering the fact that Iligan City has been confronted with issues on waste disposal hence this ordinance will help reduce if not eliminate the plastic wastes and encourage the use of alternative packaging.
With votes of 13 affirmative and 1 abstention, the Comprehensive Plastic-Ban Ordinance was passed and will take effect fifteen days after publication. Intensive education and a campaign will be conducted in order to educate all Iliganons about the ordinance and the end benefit it envisions.