No to plastics, Bring your own bag in Batangas
 

Batangas province employees committed to be ambassadors for responsible waste management as they became the first supporters of a “Bring Your Own Bag” campaign in the Verde Island Passage.

The campaign, a partnership between Conservation International-Philippines and the Batangas provincial government, aims to promote the habit of bringing one’s own bag and refusing the plastic bags that are distributed through stores.

Batangas province employees committed to be ambassadors for responsible waste management as they became the first supporters of a “Bring Your Own Bag” campaign in the Verde Island Passage.

The campaign, a partnership between Conservation International-Philippines and the Batangas provincial government, aims to promote the habit of bringing one’s own bag and refusing the plastic bags that are distributed through stores.

Garbage is a major issue in the Verde Island Passage (VIP), from all over the coasts of municipalities of Batangas from east to west as well as the Province of Oriental Mindoro. The garbage of the VIP is mostly composed of plastic bags of different sizes, water bottles and the like.

Uncontrolled garbage coming from the household, agriculture, business, and industrial sectors of the Passage eventually find their way to the seas and get dispersed by the currents, polluting the marine environment and choking corals, fish, and other important marine species.


L-R: Marine Biodiversity Program Director Sheila Vergara and Country Program Director Romy Trono of CI-Phils turn over reusable bags to Batangas Province, represented by Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto, Provincial Administrator Victor
Reyes, and Chief of Staff - Pedrito Martin M. Dijan, Jr.

Reusable bags were distributed to the provincial government’s more than 1,500 employees, who made a commitment to set an example to their province-mates and regularly use the bags.

Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto also underscored the seriousness of the garbage problem, and said that the provincial employees should be diligent in practicing and promoting the BYOB habit.

A similar campaign is also being pursued in Occidental Mindoro, on the other side of the Verde Island Passage.