UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — At least three Philippine senators are pushing for a ban on single-use plastic after the Philippines was named as one of the worlds biggest contributors to marine plastic pollution.
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri told reporters on June 7 he will fast-track the approval and he stressed a need for “national law.”
Meanwhile, Senator Aquilino Pimentel said in a statement single-use plastic bags should be banned and disposable plastic should be biodegradable.
Senator Loren Legarda also said she will introduce a bill to ban single-use plastics and microplastics.
The response a comes two days after the United Nations called for the “biggest-ever worldwide cleanup” of plastic pollution and experts said they will be focusing on Southeast Asia.
The Philippine government has reportedly recognized it has a pollution problem, by temporarily closing the tourist island of Boracay.