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People's Journal - ‘Bayong’ discounts in markets eyed

In The News
18 August 2011

By People's Journal

Featured-Image-Journal-OnlineSENATOR Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is eyeing a bill granting discounts to consumers who bring their own “loot bag” or “bayong” to the supermarket as a way to discourage the use of plastic bags to save the environment.

“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 store or supermarket abroad it seems to be effective. This is another option available to us to regulate the use of plastic bags,” he explained

Marcos, chairman of the Senate committee on local government, added that ordinary consumers for sure will bring their own “bayong” or loot bag if they can save certain amount while buying goods in the supermarket, grocery stores and department and retail stores.

Recently, the Senate committee on environment and natural resources, 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.

The senator 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.