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Balanga Gov’t Distributes ‘Bayongs’ to Combat Plastic Pollution

The city government of Balanga in Bataan province encourages its residents to switch back to “bayongs” to fight plastic pollution.

Dubbed “Balik Basket and Bayong Program,” the campaign aims to use less plastics in public markets by distributing baskets to market-goers. 

Over 1,200 out of 2,400 baskets allotted for the program were already distributed last July 5, Balanga mayor Francis Garcia said. Scheduled visits, according to him, are also expected. 

Some stall owners, meanwhile, offer fishnets to customers instead of single-use plastic bags. 

Garcia added that the city government will continue to intensify its waste management campaigns among its constituents.

Other initiatives of the Balanga in addressing the problems of waste disposal and segregation include Gamit Pang-Eskwela Mula sa Basura, Plastic Palit Bigas, Junkshop ng Bayan, No Segregation No Collection, and Operation Linis Ilog and Linis Barangay, among others.

Photos courtesy of the city government of Balanga.

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