HOUSE committee on ecology chair Rep. Estrellita Suansing (center) presides the hearing on Wednesday on House BIll 4922 or the proposed “Beverage Container Disposal Act.
Suansing named Rep. Enrico Pineda as head of the technical working group (TWG) that will fine-tune the bill authored by Rep. Ramon Rocamora that seeks to require the implementation by brand owners of management plans that will provide refund values for certain beverage containers.
A report from the International Coastal Cleanup of Ocean Conservancy cited that in 2015, about 60,504 individual pieces of waste related to beverage containers (bottles and caps) were recovered around the Philippines. The bill aims to address the waste problem.
Aside from Suansing and Pineda, other House members who attended the hearing were Reps. Alfred Vargas and Benhur Lopez Jr.