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San Jose LGU bans plastic in beaches

SAN JOSE, Camarines Sur --- Mayor Marco P. Chavez has ordered the town’s local enforcers to strictly implement his Executive Order (EO) No. 2020-0011, which seeks to regulate the utilization, maintainance and preservation of the beaches here.

The EO, the first of its kind in the Partido Area, bans beach-goers from bringing with them plastic bottles, food sachets, styro foam, cellophanes, single-use utensils, and other plastic materials.

Chavez’s directive also limits the duration and number of beach-goers while the town is still under the modified general community quarantine in order to comply with existing health protocols.

The order is anchored on existing national and local laws particularly Republic Act No. 9003, Municipal Ordinance No. 003-06 and other recent issuances from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Chavez called a meeting to implement the EO. The meeting aimed to orient enforcers on how to effectively implement the EO to minimize legal issues or questions. It also served as a consultative forum for enforcers to devise strategies on how to get the cooperation and support of the public.

The mayor said that he was inspired by his experience in Palawan where beaches are free of garbage or waste.

He said he believed that it can also be done in the town’s beaches.

It is only a matter of discipline and attitude on the part of the people, for in the outset, this concept is for the benefit of the environment and enjoyment of the people, specially the next generation, he said.

San Jose Beach is the longest beach in the entire province stretching more or less 11 kilometers. It is the town’s pride, which is potential for tourism, entertainment, maritime and sports industries.

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