Benguet school imposes single use plastic ban in BBEAL meet

The Cordillera Career Development College here is now strictly imposing the single use plastic ban during the 33rd Baguio Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL).

Tournament commissioner and school athletic director Eduardo Laureano has briefed all athletic directors and coaches from the 10 school members BBEAL that single use plastic has since been banned by the school.

The CCDC is one of the Benguet school members of the BBEAL with neighbor Benguet State University.

The others, all found in Baguio, are the Pines City College, the Baguio Central University, the University of the Philippines, Baguio College of Technology, the big three schools of Saint Louis University, University of Baguio and University of the Cordilleras and the Philippine Military Academy.

Laureano said the policy must be observed until the end of games in late March when the elimination games are over and start of the semifinals and even final games, which are expected to be played in the school's Admirals gym.

He, however, agreed that non CCDC players can still consume the content of the bottle, provided that it will be the last day and the player must be responsible to bring his or her trash with him at the end of the day's competition.

He added that tarps on the policy have been posted all around the campus to remind visiting teams that plastic is not allowed within the campus and the canteens do not sell liquids in plastic containers.

We expect to be hosting more games here as host, especially with the annual sports meet for elementary and high school to be staged in Baguio late March, he said.

Meanwhile, CCDC president emeritus James Malaya, who acts as this year's BBEAL chairman, said as early as November last year, the school has banned single use plastic, as well as styrofoam containers and utensils within the campus.

Plastic has been one of the major causes of clogged sewerages within the campus as well as the creeks outside of the school, said Malaya, a former provincial board member.

A creek separates the 9,500 square meter campus in Sitio Buyagan, Poblacion with farmlands and residences, about a kilometer from the La Trinidad strawberry farms.

On November 5 last year, CCDC president Sherry Junette Malaya Tagle, Malaya's daughter, signed the No More Plastics College Memorandum No. 7, which also provides the guidelines to promote Eco friendly practices and prohibiting single use plastic and Styrofoam containers and utensils towards a plastic free and styro free campus.

The memo also cited a 2015 report that worldwide plastic production has reached 322 million tons that is the weight of about 5.4 million adults and projected to doubly increase every year as world's population increases.

It said only 9 percent of the plastic used is recycled, the remaining, some 290 million tons, become trash that is either in landfills, shorelines, shallow seabed, ocean surface, and bottom.

The memo, Malaya said, is in support of government efforts through the Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

As a response, Malaya said CCDC will try to strengthen its actions on waste reduction for sustainable management."

Saint Louis University athletic director Honey Mangaoang Garcia, on the other hand, said her school has adopted a similar policy banning single use plastic within its campuses.

SLU has its main campus at Bonifacio Road, a second campus at Bakakeng as well as the elementary and high school grounds at General Luna and Navy Base Road, respectively.

SOURCE: PHILIPPINES NEWS AGENCY

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