DTI-Davao Sur launches ‘Green Bag’ project

November 18, 2010 12:52 pm 

DIGOS CITY, Davao del Sur, Nov. 18 – The provincial office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DT) here recently launched its ‘Green Bag’ project in a bid to promote the use of ‘bayong’ as an option to minimize the use of free plastic or cellophane bags.

Anchoring on the international call to save the environment from further destruction via the ‘green movement’, DTI-Davao del Sur provincial director Engr. Edwin O. Banquerigo came up with a project that will encourage consumers as well as shopping stores to use indigenous biodegradable bags rather than plastic ones.

Banquerigo said with the increasing population, it is expected that the amount of garbage collected becomes tremendous.

“With this scenario, initiatives to hamper this problem must be made. In doing so, there must be collaboration among various stakeholders,” he said.

In this context, the Davao del Sur Consumer Network (ConsumerNet) and enterprises duly conferred by the DTI with the Certified Establishments (CE) seals in the province conceptualized the Green Bag project.

“The province’s ConsumerNet, DTI-Davao del Sur and the CE awardees came up with this scheme of promoting hand-woven romblon bags manufactured in the province as the green bag. While Davao Sur has been a supplier of romblon products to the both domestic export market, it is also worthwhile that we promote the product in the local market,” he said.

Banquerigo said specifically, the project is moving towards the promotion of “Buy Filipino” movement, use of biodegradable bags to replace plastic, create consumer and environmental awareness and encourage the business sector to adhere in the triple bottom line: people, planet, profit.

During the launching, a ‘Pledge of Commitment’ was signed by the stakeholders in support to the project. The signatories were Mayor Joseph O. Penas of the local government of Digos City; provincial director Marcia Isip of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR); Dr. Alan Kintanar of Konsumo Digos; Roy Cabaluna of Pas Roy Merchandising; Ben Salazar of JK Salazar Corporation; Nida Torres of Badiang, Balisong, and Tabigue Livelihood and Service Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BABATALIAS-MPC).

Banquerigo is optimistic that other areas in the country will also strengthen their initiatives towards protecting the environment through the promotion of biodegradable products.

He noted in Taiwan, provision of free plastic bags is prohibited. Anyone doing such will pay a fine of up to 300,000 Taiwan dollars (P500,000).

“We can actually promote the use of bayong not just in malls and markets but also in schools. We can advocate among our students and teachers to use bayong as their school bags,” he said.

Banquerigo said they are presently working on the possibility of encouraging more stakeholders to support and join in this endeavor. (PNA)



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