Villar lauds passage of measure addressing plastic pollution

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By Billy Begas

House Deputy Speaker and Las Piñas Rep. Camille Villar on Thursday lauded the committee approval of the measure that will hold companies responsible for recycling plastic waste.

Villar underscored the urgent need to pass the proposed Packaging responsibility or Product stewardship bill as consumers discard more single-use packaging and plastics from online purchases amid the pandemic.

“The pandemic has likewise resulted in a surge in plastic use consequently complicating and aggravating this problem. There is a need for a collective effort and duty to decisively and effectively pass a measure that would address this present situation,” Villar said.

Currently, plastic waste makes up a significant share of the overall generated waste in the Philippines. Based on reports, the Philippines is the third biggest polluter next to China and Indonesia and produces some 2.7 million metric tons of plastic waste each year.

“Worse, plastic waste is likely to aggravate pollution and worsen flooding in communities,” Villar added.

Last year, Villar filed House Bill 10498 seeking to institutionalize the practice of extended producers’ responsibility (EPR) in waste management and to improve the responsibility of producers in the design, collection, reuse, recycling, and disposal of their products and packaging.

“I have faith that this important bill is comprehensive enough to address plastic and solid waste management in the country. May I then sincerely seek the support of the members of the Committee and the stakeholders present for the passage of this proposed measure,” Villar added.