Penalties for plastic ordinance violations enforced

DUMAGUETE CITY – The only way for a law to become effective is to implement the same with no fear or favor. This covers the plastic ordinance which is more violated than implemented here.

Effective July 16, 2018, penal provisions of the plastic ordinance of the city will be fully implemented especially in the dry goods section of the public market of Dumaguete.

For the past weeks, implementation of the No Plastic Everyday in the public market was proven effective by way of self-regulation and that presidents of different associations will be held responsible for the actuations of their members.

The no-penalty policy was agreed by the stall holders themselves in a meeting attended by the chairman of the committee on markets Councilor Joe Kenneth Arbas as part of the education campaign on the pertinent provisions of Ordinance No. 231 otherwise known as the plastic ordinance of the city.

Reports from the monitors, however, showed some vendors still giving extra plastic to their customers.

City economic enterprise officer Engr. Jose Ronnie Fortin said effective July 23, 2018, administrative fines will be strictly imposed on violators. Fines range from P500 for the first violation, to as much as P5,000 for the third offense.