Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte is batting for the gradual implementation of the ban on single-use plastics, citing reports the Philippines is the world’s third-biggest contributor of plastic wastes to the ocean.
“I think we can push for the ban, pero we also need to have a grace period [for the use of plastic utensils],” she said.
“Of course, industries will be affected. Habits of people will change. Some restaurants will have stock for years. So, you can’t just implement right away. You have to give a grace period din,” Belmonte added.
However, the vice mayor said the implementation of the measures, if passed, should not be “drastic.”
She cited the city of Seattle’s policy prohibiting restaurants to give customers plastic straws and utensils, saying they were given a deadline to use up all existing single-use plastic utensils before the date of implementation.
“I think if that would be the case, they [establishments] could be able to adjust and find suppliers for paper straws and other alternative to plastic utensils,” she said.
In 2017, Mayor Herbert Bautista approved Ordinance No. SP-2127 banning the use of plastics and Styrofoam packaging within city hall premises.
Ordinance No. SP-2140 and SP-2103 mandated the reduction of the use of plastic bags and collection of environmental fees for each plastic bag used within the city.
Meanwhile, Mayor Herbert Bautista approved an ordinance establishing a senior high school named after Jose V. Palma, a poet and soldier during the American occupation.
The Jose V. Palma Senior High School will be located at Barangay Pinyahan, according to City Ordinance 2659-2018.
The Local School Board of Quezon City, through Resolution No. 3, Series of 2017 recommended to the City Council to name the senior high school after the patriot.
Proposed names of public schools “must have historical and cultural significance and must contribute to the positive development of national pride through the good example exhibited by the name being used,” the revised guidelines of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines states.
Palma became a writer for the La Independencia, a revolutionary newspaper where his poems and song lyrics were also published.
The Jose V. Palma Senior High School aims to initially offer accountancy, business and management strand and humanities and social sciences strands.