Behaviour change, live with less plastic -- DENR Chief

QUEZON CITY, May 23 -- Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu urged everyone to start getting into the Bring Your Own (BYO) habit by replacing single-use disposables with reusables, from stainless steel straws to fabric shopping bags, among many other eco-friendly alternatives to everyday plastics.

“The ocean contributes to the air we breathe and the food we eat. It regulates the climate and weather, stores carbon, houses marine biodiversity, reduces the risk of emerging infectious diseases, provides recreation and source livelihood. As our oceans are under threat now more than ever, it is crucial that we engage on the science of the ocean for us to rethink our ways and save our vibrant seas,” said Secretary Cimatu said in a recent release.

He called on the public to live with less plastic to save our oceans from plastic pollution, conscientiously learn about wildlife laws, and support the government’s campaign against illegal wildlife collection and trade.

 “The task of reversing this issue is as big and wide as the ocean, but small actions can make a huge difference,” Secretary Cimatu said.

Relatedly, DENR Assistant Secretary and concurrent Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Ricardo Calderon said that marine plastic pollution is one of the latest and most alarming issues the world is facing. 

The Philippines is a significant contributor to the global problem, primarily due to its so-called “sachet economy,” where companies sell products in single-use plastic sachets, Calderon added. 

Hence, a stronger public-private partnership would help translate political and corporate commitment to address plastic pollution into tangible strategies and investible action plans. (MCG/PIA-IDPD)


Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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