SENATOR Cynthia Villar underscored the pressing need to end the problem of plastic pollution prevalent in the country, as she highlighted the worsening threat of plastic waste leakage to the country’s wildlife and marine resources.
Villar, who is the chairperson of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, rallied for expanded national efforts to dramatically reduce, if not totally stop, plastic use as an initial solution to end plastic waste pollution throughout the country, especially in urban areas where plastic products are regularly used as packaging materials.
‘The use of plastic products over the years has taken its grim toll on our natural resources. Our marine waters are choking from plastic wastes that have been dumped into our waters. We are ranked third next to China and Indonesia in terms of estimated volume of mismanaged plastic wastes produced by the population that could potentially enter the seas and oceans,” Villar lamented.
She even acknowledged that “the campaign against plastic consumption has been moving slowly because both manufacturers and users continue to be unmindful of the environmental, climate and health impacts of plastic use.”
Villar made the remarks during the celebration of Earth Day 2018 and the 11th Anniversary of the establishment of the 175-hectare Las Pinas-Parañaque Wetland Park as the last coastal frontier of the ASEAN region. The twin celebrations were held at the Las-Pinas Parañaque Wetland Park.
“The government needs to take bolder and more innovative measures to control the entry of plastic wastes into our waters, which are destroying our marine natural resources and the habitats of resident and migratory wild birds,” she added.
The senator expressed hope that government and environmental groups will sustain their ongoing campaigns to stop plastic waste leakages.