President Rodrigo Duterte is inclined to ban single-use plastics nationwide, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Monday.

Nograles, while in the city for an environment and climate resilience conference on Monday, said that both legislative and executive departments of the government are now “studying” the imposition of the proposed ban.

“The Congress and Malacañang are now studying how to impose the ban since this came up during the last cabinet meeting,” he said.

He also said that the phasing must be “carefully” considered, pointing out that big corporations will have to adjust.

“We have to study what could be alternatives, the effects, the industries to adjust—bring all the stakeholders in. Everybody will have to adjust because it will be to our benefit—find a win-win solution, ultimately, ang dapat manalo dito ay environment,” he said.

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In a study conducted by the University of Georgia in 2015, Philippines was found to be the third biggest source of plastic waste in oceans globally, accounting for 5.9% of total mismanaged plastic waste in the world’s seas.

 

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