MANILA, Philippines – A senator said on Wednesday he wants discounts to be enjoyed by shoppers who use the "bayong."
Sen. Bongbong Marcos said he is eyeing a bill that seeks to grant discounts for shoppers in markets and department stores who use the traditional “bayong” or reusable bags instead of plastic bags.
“I think most consumers would like to do something good for the environment. One of the schemes that I have seen abroad is if you ask for a plastic bag, you will pay for it,” Marcos said in a statement.
Marcos, who also authored Senate Bill No. 2749 which seeks to regulate the use of plastic bags, said such a bill could have a positive impact on the economy.
Last January, Muntinlupa City, implemented an ordinance aiming to minimize use of plastic bags.
Under Ordinance No. 10-109, shoppers in the city were prohibited from using plastic bags or styrofoam containers on dry goods and food products. Use of plastic bags for wet goods have also been regulated.
Since then, the amount of plastic waste collected in the city went down to 10% from 30%.
Meanwhile, Sen. Loren Legarda filed last March Senate Bill 2759 or the Total Plastic Ban Act of 2011, which prohibits establishments from using non-biodegradable plastic bags.