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Bye plastic! Palawan Gov. Alvarez bans single-use plastic in all provincial government-owned and -controlled premises

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Governor Jose Ch. Alvarez has issued an executive order which aims to prohibit the use of single-use plastics in all provincial government-owned and controlled premises.

Alvarez issued Executive Order No. 102 last November 14 prohibiting single-use plastics such as plastic bags, plastic straws, plastic cups/plates/utensils, and polystyrene foam in all offices and departments of the Provincial Government.

It includes Provincial Capitol premises, SPS Government Center, Provincial Government Compound in Brgy. Irawan, and all Provincial Government Owned and Controlled premises including district hospitals, municipal halls, RAC Centers, Restolane, and other offices.

“Dahil dito ang lahat ng mga empleyado, vendors, retailers at caterers sa Provincial Government premises ay binibigyan ng direktiba na iwasan ang paggamit ng single-use plastics at disposables,” the province said

“Kasama rin sa probisyon ng Executive Order ang mga aktibidad o caterings na ginaganap sa labas ng Provincial Capitol na pinondohan ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan,” it added

Alvarez said in his EO that “[t]here is an urgent need to prohibit the use of single-use plastics to reduce the volume of non-biodegradable garbage that we generate on a daily basis.

Capitol employees were likewise urged to use woven bags or bayong, cloth bags or katsa and reusable bags and paper bags.