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REDUCE PLASTIC USE – PIMENTEL

Senator Koko Pimentel III asked Filipinos to consider reducing their use of plastic as the world observes World Oceans Day on Friday, June 8.

A 2015 Ocean Conservancy report said that more than half of the 8 million metric tons of plastic waste dumped into the oceans every year comes from countries: China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

“Our economy’s strong performance has increased production and consumption. Unfortunately, it also increased the plastic waste we generate in the course of our daily activities. It’s time we consider how we can use plastic in a less destructive way”, said Pimentel.

The legislator said that there are estimates which project that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans.

There are estimates which project that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans.

The lawmaker said, “It will be a disaster for everyone if we are to lose our fishing industry and the livelihood and sustenance it provides.”

During his term as Senate President, the senator from Mindanao affirmed full legislative support from the Philippines for the global agenda to conserve and sustainably use the oceans during the February 13-14 meeting of the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) on the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goal 14, which focuses on the oceans, seas and marine resources.

Pimentel in particular recommended doing away with single-use plastic bags and suggested mandating that disposable plastic be made biodegradable.

Pimentel in particular recommended doing away with single-use plastic bags and suggested mandating that disposable plastic be made biodegradable.

As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce, and Entrepreneurship, he is considering legislation to limit the use of plastics in industry and trade.

Pimentel said, “I understand the convenience and economics of plastic use. However, we should never let short-term benefits doom us in the long term.”

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