After its third and final reading last week, the city council approved the amendment on City Ordinance No. 562 regulating the use, sale, and provision of plastic bags as packaging materials in Bacolod City.
The author of the said ordinance, Councilor Em Ang, said that she still sees a widespread use of single plastic bags in the city.
Stated in Section 3 of the regulation, business establishments dispensing single-use plastic bags including but not limited to fast food outlets, market vendors, shopping malls, food kiosks, sari-sari stores, hardware stores, groceries, pharmacies, and the like shall only provide biodegradable plastic.
Section 7 of the ordinance is also part of the amendment and it states that biodegradable plastic bags shall comply with the Philippine National Standard promulgated by the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Science and Technology, and other government agencies concerned .