MANILA - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has called for a stronger partnership between the government and the business sector to help address the problem of plastic pollution.
“We urge everyone to join the pledge for our environment; a pledge that will institutionalize our collective and collaborative action towards addressing the issue of marine debris,” DENR Assistant Secretary and Biodiversity Management Bureau Director Ricardo Calderon said.
Philippines is one of the major contributors to global marine life woes due to its so-called “sachet economy,” where companies and stores sell products in single-used plastic sachets.
A study conducted by Ocean Conservancy, a US-based environmental advocacy group, revealed that 8 million tons of plastic enter the ocean each year, on top of the 150 million tons of plastic that already circulate in the ocean, contributing to loss of species and the contamination of the food chain.
According to Calderon, acting on the issue of marine plastic pollution will also help prevent sea animals from ingesting plastic.
On Jun. 29, a young dolphin in Palawan was found on the shore, with his stomach found to have ingested a tightly-packed garbage bag.