City of San Fernando, Pampanga -- A Refill Revolution joined by 500 state workers, stakeholders and concerned citizens was held here to combat plastic pollution in the country yesterday.
The revolution was held at the 30 hectares Diosdado Macapagal Government Centre in Barangay Maimpis in this city as part of the annual Manila Bay clean up against the use of plastic which is very harmful in the environment that causes natural disaster and a detterent to the good health of people.
Paquito T. Moreno Jr., regional director of the Department Environment and Natural Resouces (DENR) in Central Luzon said that refill revolution is the one of the many msolutions of the office in fighting the global problem of plastic.
“This is our advocacy to cut back and limit plastic production, consumption and packaging”, Moreno said.
Researches suggest that plastic bottle containing Bisphenol A(BPA), an organic synthetic compound widely served as a starting materials in the production of plastic container, have chemicals seeping out of the bottle into the water and causes health issues like diabetes obesity, high blood pressure and cancers among many others.
Aside from this, plastic which is non-biodegradable is also harmful to environment.
The revolution is spearheaded by the Environmental Management Bureau of the regional office DENR in Central Luzon.
An estimated 1000 litre of dish washing liquid, fabric conditioner and detergent were offered to the participants in a dry low price, Moreno said.
The regional director also urges communities to wage war against the fossil by products to prevent flowing in our rivers, stream, beaches and other body of water to reduce air and water pollution.
Citing global statistic, he said that about 1.5 million plastic bottles is the top items collected including 3 million caps, grocery bags, lids straws and stirrers during the global cleanup of ocean and beaches.
He added that “we have to act before we can experience the worst in the coming years” Moreno added.