By Zaldy Comanda
BAGUIO CITY – Forty three city government employees were deputized and sworn is as enforcers of the Plastic and Styrofoam-Free ordinance.
City Information Officer Aileen Refuerzo said Mayor Mauricio Domogan tapped personnel from the Public Order and Safety Division of the City Mayor’s Office, General Services Office, City Environment and Parks Management Office and the barangays as an augmentation force of the Baguio City Police office.
Domogan emphasized that as stated in the ordinance stores cannot provide clients with plastic bags.
Customers can bring their own shopping bags as long as these are not made of plastic.
All businesses will be required to post a signage: “Bawal ang Paggamit ng Plastic Bags at Styrofoam.”
As part of its provisions, the measure mandates all city government schools and offices to maintain a “No Plastic Bag, No Styrofoam” policy in their office or school premises including in government-sponsored events and functions.
The penalties are reprimand or immediate closure for establishments without business permit for first offense; P1,000 fine for second offense; P3,000 fine and eight hours community service for third offense and P5,000 fine and suspension of business permit for six months for fourth offense.
Penalties for violation of any of the provision by heads of the city government offices, school administrators, principals and concerned persons in authority will be subject to Republic Act No. 6713 and other local orders and issuances.