OFFICIALS of five villages in the cities of Malabon and Navotas are taking action to cut plastic garbage and promote positive environmental values among their constituents by proclaiming every Wednesday as “Plastic Bag-Free Day.”
In observance of Easter and Earth Day on Sunday, officials of Hulong Duhat, Flores, Bayan-Bayanan and Dampalit villages in Malabon City and Tanza village of Navotas City signed a declaration aimed at discouraging the use of plastic bags in their areas on Wednesdays.
The signing of the “Pledge of Commitment” was held at the Hulong Duhat Public Market, where 100 complimentary bayong (native shopping basket) donated by Mayor Canuto Oreta of Malabon City were also given free of charge to marketgoers.
Among those who took part in the Easter-Earth Day event were the members of the Diocese of Caloocan’s Ecology Ministry, the Malabon City Tennis Club and the EcoWaste Coalition.
Bishop Deogracias S. Iñiguez Jr. of the Diocese of Caloocan lauded the initiative of the participating villages as he encouraged other communities to follow their lead for a cleaner and greener environment.
“We welcome this action by concerned barangay (village) leaders to address our pervasive problem with waste. By encouraging our constituents to shift . . . from using plastic bags to using bayong and other reusable bags and containers, we can reduce the volume of our waste and help prevent plastic pollution in the Camana area,” said Bishop Iñiguez.
Camana refers to the area covered by Caloocan, Malabon and Navotas.
“Plastic bags are one of the major pollutants that clog our waterways. Reducing [their use] will help ease our problem with flooding, as well as prevent pollution [in our bodies of water],” the prelate said.
“It will also cut government spending for the costly cleanup of our canals and rivers. Funds saved can be used to pay for basic services for the poor,” he added.