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The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is eyeing to ban use of plastics anew to prevent floods in the Philippine capital, Radyo Singko reported Monday.
Of the more than 700,000 tons of garbage collected in Metro Manila, 16 percent are plastic and styrofoam products that cause waterways to clog, the MMDA said.
Currently, seven cities have complied with the plastic ban including Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Pateros, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Marikina, and recently, Makati.
Cities of Pasig and Manila which have not yet complied with the scheme have been observed to have been easily flooded.
Outside Metro Manila, similar bans are already in effect in Antipolo, Rizal, Los Baños and Binan, Laguna, Carmona and Imus in Cavite, Lucban and Infanta in Quezon, Sta. Barbara in Iloilo, Batangas City and Burgos, Pangasinan.
Once implemented, MMDA is hopeful that floods will be prevented and plastic litter will be lessened on streets. Romsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.com