Arroyo proposes marriage of anti-plastics bill with related measure in Senate
House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday broached the idea of merging her proposed bill banning plastic containers and bags with a related measure in the Senate.
In an ambush interview in Lubao, Pampanga during a coastal cleanup activity attended also by Sen. Cynthia Villar, the Pampanga 2nd District Representative said the related bills can be combined during the bicameral, and the Senate can even come up with a counterpart for a quicker passage into law.
“Si Sen. Cynthia, meron siya ‘Single Use Plastic’ bill. Ako naman, meron ako prohibiting plastic containers and plastic bags,” Arroyo told reporters.
“Pwede i-combine yung dalawang bills sa bicameral, at sila magma-counterpart para mas mabilis,” she added.
Arroyo filed House Bill No. 3579, titled, ‘An Act Regulating the Production, Sale, Use, Recovery, Recycling, and Disposal of Plastic Bags, Promoting the Use of Reusable Bags, Providing Mechanism for the Recovery, Collection and Disposal of Plastic Bags, and for other purposes’, on Sept. 13, 2016.
It has only passed the Committee on Appropriations in May last year, and has yet to hurdle the next stages in Congress.
In the explanatory note of the bill, Arroyo said “fish with plastic wrapper around their body, sea turtles with plastic in their noses, and even birds with their stomachs full of plastic bottle caps broke hearts and opened minds to the harmful effects of our consumer-driven society.”
If the bill is passed into law and then implemented, Arroyo hopes it would facilitate the transition to a complete prohibition of plastic bag use at point-of-sale stores, and mandate regulations for its production, collection, and proper disposal.”
A check at the official website of the Senate reveals that a related bill, titled, ‘Single-Use Plastics Regulation and Management Act of 2018,’ was filed by Sen. Loren Legarda on Aug. 23 of this year, and remains pending in the committee level.(END)
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