The Cebu City Council during the Public Hearing on the phase-out of Single-use plastics
April 30, 2019, a public hearing was held at the Cebu City Hall on two proposed ordinances titled “An Ordinance For The Phase-Out Of Single-Use Plastic Products Within The Territorial Jurisdiction Of Cebu City And Other Purposes”, proposed by city councillors Eduardo R. Rama Jr. and Raymond Alvin N. Garcia and “An Ordinance Regulating Single-Use Plastic Within The City Of Cebu And Prescribing The Penalties For Violations Thereof” proposed by City Councillor Eugenio F. Gabuya Jr.
The proposed ordinance aims to phase out common single-use plastic products, which were defined as “(plastics) which are intended to be only used once before they are thrown away or disposed of”. Included in the of single-use plastic items to be banned are plastic bags, drinking straws, stirrers, plastic cups, plates, plastic utensils, Styrofoam, plastic toothpicks and banderitas or flyers. Production, manufacture, and usage of plastics will also no longer be allowed. However, it is stipulated in the ordinance that this does not apply to products which are already wrapped in single-use plastic materials, which serve as its primary packaging. These prohibitions are said to be prohibited, three years after the effectivity of this proposed ordinance.