CRHRDC enjoins members towards plastic- free communities

BAGUIO CITY – The Cordillera Regional Health Research and Development Consortium (CRHRDC) strongly supports the global efforts to end plastic pollution in order to battle the pressing environmental concerns on Plastic Waste.

A large part of the population depends on the daily use of plastics and nearly a third of plastics (used) are not disposed properly and end up clogging drains and choking the environment, polluting waters, harming marine life and posing threat to human health. Plastic pollution is impacting our waters and marine life, as well as our food chain and the public health. The good news is that global initiatives to reduce or eliminate the consumption of single-use plastic have been gaining momentum.

In the Cordillera, the campaign on regulating the use of plastic in local communities, including business establishments, is slowly gaining ground with the City Government of Baguio and other parts of the region as this was backed by city government resolutions.

During the Executive Committee meeting of CRHRDC last April 26, 2019, Dr. Marie Ellaine Velasquez suggested to strengthen their call to the consortium member agencies and enjoin them to support the advocacy on the reduction, reuse, redesign and recycle solid waste materials including plastics. The ExeCom is continuously appealing to the CRHRDC members for their cooperation in properly managing their waste especially plastics.

During meetings, members are also encouraged to bring re – usable drinking water containers or paper cups to minimize the use of disposable plastic water bottles. The consortium also promotes the use of cloth bags instead of plastic bags. Easily picked up by the wind plastic bags are a significant source of plastic pollution in the rivers, but they also cause major problems on the land, blocking drains and contributing to devastating floods in the locality.

CRHRDC calls for more rigorous implementation of existing prohibitions on plastic materials. As recommended during the Luzon RSM Forum on Plastic Waste last April 24, 2019, strong political will is needed to halt the environmental degradation ravaging the Philippines due to thin and single-use plastics. We also need nation-wide ban on plastic as implemented in several countries. For example, in Rwanda, it is illegal to import, produce, use or sell plastic bags and plastic packaging, except within specific industries like hospitals and pharmaceuticals.

Life without the use of plastic is possible, as observed in countries that have imposed strict bans. There is no excuse! It is time we get rid of single-use plastic materials for good!

Photo © World Wildlife Fund

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