SEN. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. is considering filing a bill where shoppers would get discounts if they bring a "bayong" in supermarkets instead of plastic bags.
"Maybe this is something we could incorporate into the actual law. In my experience when I see this kind of scheme being implemented in a grocery stores or supermarket abroad it seemed to be effective. Another option available to us to regulate the use of plastic bags," said Marcos, chair of the committee on local government.
"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. But if you bring your own loot bag, you will get a discount. The matter of environment did not become a political issue until it became an economic one. In that way, we are bringing the issue into the economic sphere," Marcos said.
The Senate committee on environment and natural resources recently held a public hearing on proposed bills prohibiting groceries, supermarkets, public markets, restaurants, fast food chains, department stores, retail stores and other establishments from using non-biodegradable plastic bags.
Marcos had filed Senate Bill No. 2749 which seeks to regulate the use of plastic bags to minimize land sources of pollution and protect the quality of water.
The bill advocates the use of reusable, biodegradable bags made of washable material that does not contain lead or any heavy metal in a toxic amount and designed and manufactured for at least 100 uses, which shall be made available for customers.