Palace encourages LGUs to implement single-use plastic bans

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 2) — Malacañang asked local government units to consider issuing a ban on single-use plastics.

This, after the local government of Quezon City issued an ordinance banning single-use plastics in restaurants, fast foods and hotels.

"I suppose all local governments would follow suit since the President has already made a stance on that," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Monday.

He added that President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to issue an order on a nationwide single-use plastics ban.

Duterte in November brought up this issue in a Cabinet meeting, in relation to the matter of climate change resiliency.

Several bills banning the use of single-use plastics have been filed in Congress. With the absence of a national law, local governments instead passed ordinances to lessen plastic pollution.

READ: Duterte floats idea of nationwide single-use plastics ban

According to Philippine Plastics Industry Association (PPIA) President Willy Go, these local government ordinances are enough. He added that imposing a P10 tax on single-use plastics could instead raise the costs of production by 20%.

"There are already many cities and municipalities banning plastic. So what remains of the industry is probably around 20% and with the new bills introduced by the committee on ecology, probably plastic bag industry will just disappear," Go said.

Instead, the PPIA urged the government to focus on recycling efforts and encouraging the people to reuse plastics.

CNN Philippines correspondent Xianne Arcangel and digital producer Luchi de Guzman contributed to this report.