DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / September 18) — Big companies and manufacturers haven’t done anything significant to reduce plastic waste at source, said Davao City-based Interfacing Development Interventions for Sustainability (IDIS).
Attorney Mark Peñalver, Executive Director of IDIS, said this after volunteers recovered 1,159 different types of waste, mainly polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, Sando bags, soiled diapers, sanitary napkins, face masks, plastic spoons and forks and bags during the 6th River Clean had an -up Drive and Brand Audit on Saturday at the Panigan-Tamugan Watershed, the city’s closest drinking water source.
September 17th is World Purification Day.
“According to Bantay Bukid volunteers, most of the waste in Panigan-Tamugan is destroyed for Maligo. Other sources come from households (most of the waste comes from visitors who came to swim in Panigan-Tamugan, while others come from households),” he said.
He added that recreational activities in the watershed are poorly regulated, saying visitors do not even coordinate with barangay officials before entering the Panigan-Tamugan watershed.
He said they persistently urged big companies and manufacturers to take responsibility for the plastic waste problem and make efforts to “conserve and protect the environment.”
“In the past few years, they haven’t done anything significant to address plastic reduction at the source,” he said.
The group also urged the public to be mindful of their waste, dispose of it properly and avoid single-use plastics.
Besides IDIS, volunteers from Bantay Bukid, some local residents and volunteers from Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines – Mintal Chapter participated in the brand check and cleanup.
“They counted and documented the brands of plastic waste they collected during the cleanup to help identify the companies responsible for the plastic pollution,” he said.
He said the group envisioned that subsequent brand audits would collect little to no waste in the rivers and other bodies of water in Davao and elsewhere. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)