By April Montes
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – The Capitol Complex in this town will soon become plastic-free as the provincial government submitted an ordinance that bars the use of plastics.
Governor Amado Espino, Jr. urged the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to pass the ordinance which prohibits the use of plastic bags on dry goods and regulates its utilization on wet goods as an earth-saving move.
It also proposed to ban the usage of styrofoam and plastic containers for soft drinks to reduce the volume of garbage in the area.
The ordinance also seeks to prevent individuals from indiscriminately spitting and littering anywhere within the Capitol Complex to promote a hygienic environment which will further improve tourism.
According to provincial information officer Orpheus Velasco, the proposed ordinance gained positive feedbacks from the members of the provincial board during its first reading last June 11.
“This has been referred to the Committee on Laws and Ordinances. After that, it will be returned to the plenary for third reading,” Velasco said.#