By Marie Tonette Marticio
TACLOBAN CITY – A town in Samar has banned the use of disposable utensils, plastic bottles and canned drinks at government-sponsored activities.
Pinabacdao Mayor Teodorico Mabag signed an order to strictly enforce Republic Act A 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Act of 2000.
The order puts “serious efforts to ‘clean’ the entire stretch of the town… from its uplands and forests to the coast.”
It also aims to protect its people, especially its employees from the harmful effects of unhealthy food.
The order prohibits the use of disposable utensils, styrofoam food containers during government-sponsored activities such as programs and seminars.
The hosts, organizers, and caterers are directed to use reusable and washable items made of glass, ceramics or stainless steel.
It also disallows the use of water bottles, juice in cans and soft drinks, and promotes the use of jugs, dispensers, and pitchers instead.
Only water, vegetable, and fruit juices can be served instead of carbonated drinks.