Iloilo City council eyes regulating rugby sale, plastic bags use

June 5, 2009 1:50 pm 

ILOILO CITY, June 5 – The city council here is proposing an ordinance regulating the sale of a chemical compound and solvent commonly known as “rugby” to minors.

The council is also proposing an ordinance to regulate the use of plastic bags and plastic cellophane or polyethylene as packaging materials of business establishments within the jurisdiction of this southern city.

The SP Committee on Police, Fire, Penology, Public Safety, Order and Security, Dangerous Drugs and Rehabilitation is set to refine a proposed ordinance submitted by city councilor Lex C. Tupas calling for regulations on the sale of rugby and prohibiting hardware stores and other business establishments within the jurisdiction of Iloilo City to sell to minors such chemical compounds or their derivatives and providing penalties for violations thereof.

Likewise, the SP Committee on Public Services, Environmental Protection and Ecology is also reviewing a proposed ordinance submitted by city councilor Eldrid Antiquera that calls for regulation on the use of plastic bags and plastic cellophane or polyethylene as packaging materials for business establishments within the jurisdiction of Iloilo City.

Majority of the city council members termed the proposed ordinances as both very laudable and timely but needs refinement and minor modifications before being enacted soon as local laws.

It should be noted that Sta Barbara municipality, Iloilo had enacted and currently implementing a similar local ordinance prohibiting business establishments in the town from using plastic bags as packaging material for items sold to cosumers.

The municipality was recently honored by the Regional Development Council as outstanding local government unit in Western Visayas for Best Practice in its ecological program on solid waste management by achieving zero plastic wastes in its dumpsite.

Tupas said that given the current situation on illegal drugs proliferation in the city and the gargantuan problem on solid waste disposal, both proposed rugby and plastic ordinances meet tacit approval of the city council.

The rugby ordinance is co-sponsored by city councilor Erwin Plagata, a medical doctor, while Tupas also co-sponsored the plastic ordinance with Antiquera.

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