By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao

According to a Social Weather Stations survey conducted during the third quarter of 2018, seven out of 10 Filipinos are most likely to support candidates who have plans to eradicate single-use plastic from establishments across the country.

A strong clamor for regulating or banning single-use plastics and the proper implementation of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Law from the public is also revealed in the survey.

R.A. 9003 encourages solid waste reduction through proper waste segregation, recycling, composting, and other ecological methods before being disposed in the appropriate facilities.

With corporations’ plastic production remains unchecked and is set to increase by almost 40% over the next decade, the responsibility of managing the overabundance of plastic waste falls in the hands of the community and the government.

Although the country was hailed as having one of the world’s most progressive laws on waste management, R.A. 9003 hasn’t been implemented properly due to different factors including contradicting policies from government agencies involved in waste management.

The Philippines, along with other Southeast Asian countries, have been experiencing the negative effects of plastic pollution due to a large supply circulating in the community.

Since plastic pollution has become a crisis for several countries around the world, Filipinos are rooting for candidates this upcoming May 2019 elections who are advocating a cleaner environment by addressing the plastic problem in the country.