Iloilo City pushes eco-friendly alternatives to plastic straws

admin   •   September 6, 2018   •   5955

Beginning October restaurants in Iloilo City are banned from using plastic straws.

According to City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) head Engr. Noel Hechanova, the city will launch the Throw Your Straw program next month which encourages people to do away with the plastic tubes and use an “alternative straw” instead.

The campaign is a joint initiative of the local government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources against the hazards of plastic as exemplified by the tons of plastic garbage that clog the city’s waterways.

And if one insists on using a straw, the agency recommends keeping a personal straw made from silicon, bamboo, paper, glass or metal.

Meanwhile, the city council has approved on first reading the proposed ordinance that seeks to ban the use of plastic straws and stirrers in the city.

“Wala man may ng object sa ordinansa and we’re also grateful na hambal sang mga business establishments naton nga mas maayo gani nga i prohibit naman gid ang plastic straws naton (No one objected to ordinance and even the business establishments agree with the prohibition of plastic straws),” said Councilor Lady Julie Grace Baronda, author of the ordinance.

Under the ordinance, first-time violators will be fined P500; second-time offenders will be fined P800 while third-time offenders will have to pay P1,000.

Food service establishments will be asked to put up a sign that says “no plastic straw and stirrer” policy.” — Lala Moreno

 

Iloilo City placed under MECQ from Sept. 25 until Oct. 9

Marje Pelayo   •   September 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Iloilo City has been placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) effective September 25 until October 9 due to the increasing number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the city.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque the new measure is based on the issued Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution 74 which also requires facility-based isolation for confirmed asymptomatic and mild COVID-19 cases.

However, the resolution exempts patients who are considered vulnerable or having comorbidities as confirmed by the local health officer.

Another exception would be when the Ligtas COVID-19 Centers within the region are fully occupied and the local government unit does not have sufficient isolation facilities.

On Tuesday (September 22), 33 employees of the Iloilo City Hall tested positive for COVID-19 prompting the three-day temporary closure of the establishment beginning Wednesday (September 23) as declared by Mayor Jerry Treñas in Executive Order No. 215-A.

Prior to that, 13 barangays in the city were placed under total lockdown due to the increase in community transmission of COVID-19.

Iloilo City closes borders as COVID-19 cases spike

Marje Pelayo   •   July 22, 2020

ILOILO CITY, Philippines — The local government of Iloilo City has temporarily closed its borders due to the increasing number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the area.

Mayor Jerry Treñas said the city government banned the entry of residents coming from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental. 

Meanwhile, movement of essential goods and cargoes remains open to maintain normal supply of food and basic needs.

Due to the rising number cases of COVID-19, Iloilo City will CLOSE ITS BORDERS for people coming in from BACOLOD CITY,…

Posted by Jerry Treñas on Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Hong Kong might ban face masks in bid to curb violence

UNTV News   •   October 3, 2019

Anti-government activists hold an anti-China poster as they march through the streets in protest on China’s National Day in Hong Kong, China, 01 October 2019.  EPA-EFE/FAZRY ISMAIL

Hong Kong is set to enact an emergency law to ban face masks at rallies, media reported on Thursday (October 3), as authorities grapple with nearly four months of anti-government protests.

Many demonstrators wear face masks to hide their identities and shield themselves from tear gas. Some predicted the law would anger protesters even more, while others worried about being arrested.

The unrest, which began over opposition to a now-withdrawn extradition bill that would have allowed people to be sent to mainland China for trial, shows no sign of letting up. Demonstrators, angry over the shooting of an 18-year-old this week by police, clashed with authorities into the early hours of Thursday. Demonstrators threw petrol bombs and police responded with tear gas.

Police have also urged the government to impose curfews to help curb the escalating violence in the Chinese-ruled city, where officers have become a target of protesters amid accusations of excessive force. (REUTERS)

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