The Luntiang Pilipinas Partylist, an environmental partylist group, has echoed calls to end plastic pollution and expressed support for the proposed measure banning the use of single-use plastic products.

Last week, a dead whale found in a national park in Indonesia had almost 13 pounds of plastic waste in its stomach. Earlier this year, a sperm whale was also found dead off the coast of Spain. It was determined that the whale died of gastric shock with its stomach and intestines filled with 64 pounds of plastic.

“Plastic pollution has become a perennial problem especially with the introduction of products in single-use plastic packaging that aims to cater to the convenience of consumers. While it is convenient for humans, plastics have threatened the environment, particularly marine life,” said Senator Loren Legarda, founder of the Luntiang Pilipinas Movement.

“While it is convenient for humans, plastics have threatened the environment, particularly marine life.”

Legarda said that as an environmental partylist, Luntiang Pilipinas will support environmental bills such as the ban on single-use plastic and will also pursue related measures when it wins seats in the House of Representatives.

Legarda explained that Senate Bill No. 1948, or the Single-Use Plastics Regulation and Management Act of 2018, seeks to regulate the manufacturing, importation, and use of single-use plastic products; and provide penalties, levies, and incentives for industries, businesses, and consumers.

“As plastic waste pollutes our land and water resources, it will ultimately affect human health.”

“Luntiang Pilipinas Partylist will rally support for the passage of the measure. The massive plastic pollution in the country and around the globe is a cause for alarm because as plastic waste pollutes our land and water resources, it will ultimately affect human health,” said Legarda.

Luntiang Pilipinas was founded by Legarda as a movement in 1998 to advocate the protection and preservation of our environment. As a partylist, it aims to better serve the Filipino people by advocating policies and measures that would lead the nation towards resilience, inclusivity and sustainability. It has fielded veteran journalist Michael Ubac as its first nominee, Ciara Sotto as second nominee and Mons Romulo as third nominee for the 2019 elections.

 

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