To decrease Abra’s dependence on single-use plastics which have adverse effects on the environment, Ordinance No. 205 (s. 2013) is implemented in the province. The ordinance prohibits the use of plastic bags on dry goods and regulates its utilization on wet goods and prohibits the use of polystyrenes (styrofoam) and prescribes penalty thereof. It strengthens the advocacy on reducing the use of plastic. It aims to regulate the use of plastic bags to prevent potential serious ecological imbalance particularly in creeks, rivers, and other waterways.
Environment and Natural Resources Officer Cris Albolote was tasked to monitor the implementation of the ordinance by submitting periodic reports. The implementing body is composed of the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Health (DOH), and Local Government Unit’s Municipal Planning and Development Council (MPDC).
The Provincial Solid Waste Management Board (PSWMB) convened for a quarterly regular meeting on July 30, 2019, at the Provincial Capitol. Provincial Environment Management Unit (PEMU) Officer Joyce Ann Almoite-Mangsat served as the speaker. LGU Representatives, managers of business establishments, and other agencies attended the meeting.
This meeting aims to discuss the implementation of Ordinance No. 205, (s. of 2013) or the ban on the use of plastics and Styrofoam. The ten-year municipal solid waste management plan of
each municipality which includes sanitary landfill, special and hazardous waste, inventory of waste equipment and provincial solid waste management plan were also discussed.