Senator Legarda introduced her own bill, SB 2759, on March 29, 2011 to ban plastic bags.
"Now that the House of Representatives has passed on third and final reading their version of the bill banning non-biodegradable plastic bags, I call on my colleagues in the Senate to speed up work on the bill that I filed, Senate Bill 2759 or the Total Plastic Bag Ban Act of 2011," Legarda said.
The two bills are similar in that both bills propose to phase out the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags by supermarkets, department stores, groceries, convenience stores, food chains, restaurants, sari-sari stores and other commercial establishments.
"Plastic bags end up as litter as it makes its way to landfills, drainages and bodies of water, like Pasig River and Manila Bay, and take decades to decompose, damaging marine life. This issue of pollution is further aggravated by natural hazards, which have become unpredictable due to climate change," said Legarda.
"For instance, Typhoon Ondoy in 2009 clearly showed that plastic bags severely worsened the flooding in Metro Manila and made post-cleanup very difficult," she added.
It is obvious that the Philippines could easily become a plastic bag free country if the Senate and the House of Representatives work together.
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