President Rodrigo Duterte is considering banning the use of plastics nationwide but this would need legislative action by Congress. This was bared by spokesman Salvador Panelo.

This comes after attending the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Bangkok, Thailand where he called for intensified regional cooperation in protecting the environment and fighting pollution in the ocean.

Cagayan de Oro has been implementing the ban in single-use plastics since January this year. A similar bill is still pending in Congress.

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