CEBU CITY – The city government of Danao on Thursday, June 1, started the re-implementation of an ordinance banning establishments from using plastics.
AN establishment uses paper and recyclable bags during the first day of the re-implementation of an ordinance that bans the use of plastics in Danao City, Cebu. (Photo from Danao PIO)
The ban was actually imposed two years ago but its enforcement was suspended when the Covid-19 pandemic struck.
On the first day of the re-implementation, it was observed that most establishments were compliant, said Mitch Mondigo, information officer of Danao.
Mondigo said the city will continue to monitor the compliance of establishments.
Mondigo added that the ordinance is pushing a “bring your own bag” initiative where buyers are encouraged to bring woven, cloth, or paper bags.
Wet goods traders are allowed to use plastic bags as primary packaging materials, said Mondigo.
“We noticed that shoppers are bringing their own recyclable bags while some establishments are also selling these recyclable bags,” Mondigo said.
The plastic ban was contained in the Executive Order (EO) No. 26 that Mayor Thomas Mark Durano had issued.
The EO is supported by Ordinance No. 38-15.
Establishments caught violating the ordinance will face a P1,000 fine for the first offense, P2,000 for the second, and P5,000 for the third or an imprisonment for six months and the cancellation of license to operate.