‘No plastic day’ in Roxas City pushed

ROXAS City — An ordinance prohibiting the use of plastic bags at least once a week in stores, malls and markets in this city will be introduced by Councilor Powell Del Rosario.

Such an ordinance, if enacted, is seen to reduce, if not eliminate, plastic bags as packaging materials.

“There is now a need to regulate the use of plastic bags to prevent potential serious imbalance particularly in the city’s canals, creeks, rivers and other waterways,” said Del Rosario who also co-chairs the Roxas City Task Force on Environmental Protection (RCTFEP).

The initiative will encourage the use of alternative packaging materials such as woven bags or bayong, cloth bags (katsa) and other similar materials like banana leaves, he said.

During a recent task force meeting, Del Rosario said he proposed that the “no plastic day” will be on Sunday.

However, the proposal “will be subjected to public consultation,” he said.

When the proposed ordinance is approved, the city government will conduct massive information education and communication campaigns about the initiative using the Internet, print and broadcast media.

Before the ordinance is implemented, the City Health Office-Sanitary Department and the RCTFEP are mandated to study the feasibility of providing alternative receptacles to the disposition and marketing of products so as not to affect the flow of trade and commerce here.

Violators of the “no plastic day” will be fined with P500 and P1,000 for the first and second offense, respectively.

For the third offense, violators will be fined with P2,500 and/or imprisoned for not more than six months upon the discretion of the court.

In the case of business establishments, third offense calls for cancellation of their license to operate for a year. (Alex A. Lumaque/PIA/PN

Firefighting drill, rescue olympics set

ROXAS City — The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) here will hold a firefighting drill and rescue Olympics on March 15 at the Capiz Provincial Park in view of the Fire Prevention Month celebration this March.

About 75 students from the Hercor College, Colegio dela Purisima Concepcion (CPC), Filamer Christian University and the Capiz State University (CapSU) Dayao and Dumarao, Capiz campuses will join the upcoming olympics, said FO2 Marlon Garbo, BFP public information officer.

“The same activity highlighted the Fire Prevention Month celebration last year,” noted Garbo.

A series of fire drills in various schools and commercial establishments kicked off in March 3 to orient participants on the proper handling of a fire extinguisher and evacuation measures, he added.

The month-long celebration here kicked off with a fun run, Mass and motorcade along this city’s major thoroughfares.

This year’s theme is “Kahandaan sa Sunog … Tungo sa Kaunlaran.”

More than 300 participants joined the fun run composed of criminology students of CPC, CapSU and Hercor College aside from BFP personnel in the province.

The celebration is stipulated in Presidential Proclamation No. 115-A which declared March each year as Fire Prevention Month. (Alex A. Lumaque/PIA/

More brgy execs to undergo seminar

ROXAS City — Some 5,091 newly elected barangay officials in the province will undergo a seminar on their different functions, roles and responsibilities in running their respective villages.

“They will be fully equipped on how to become effective leaders in their areas,” said Annie Banico, information officer of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Capiz.

She said newly elected barangay officials from the municipalities of Mambusao, Sigma, Ivisan, Panitan and President Roxas have already completed their seminar last month.

This month’s seminar is intended for those of this city and the towns of Panay, Pilar, Pontevedra, Cuartero, Dao, Dumalag, Dumarao, Jamindan and Sapian, Banico revealed.

But Tapaz has a different case — of its 638 participants, 387 will undergo the seminar this month while the remaining 128 will have it next month, she said.

Those from Maayon will likewise undergo the said seminar in April, she added.

The newly elected officials who will undertake the orientation seminar are the punong barangays, barangay kagawads, treasurers and secretaries.

Four teams were designed to handle the two-day activity, Banico said.

The team leaders were Buenvenido Acevedo Jr., Evelyn Soriano, Josaril Villabeto and Cynthia Martinez for Teams 1, 2, 3 and 4, respectively.

The “Barangay Newly-Elected Officials 2010” is a capacity development program of the DILG and the Local Government Academy in an effort to enhance the proficiency of barangay officials in performing their mandated tasks and responsibilities, said Banico.

Banico explained that the program aims to enable barangay officials and functionaries to adequately respond to their emerging roles as policy makers, program planners and facilitators in providing basic services to the barangays in the country. (Jemin B. Guillermo/PIA/PN

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