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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau


HOUSE RATIFIES BICAM REPORT ON EXTENDED PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY ON PLASTIC PRODUCTS

 

26 May 2022 02:02:33 PM

The House of Representatives led by Speaker Lord Allan Velasco resumed session on Thursday after accomplishing its constitutional mandate to canvass the votes and proclaim the duly elected winners in the May 9, 2022 presidential and vice presidential elections. Convening early morning today, the House Members ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the disagreeing provisions of House Bill 10696 and Senate Bill 2425 or the proposed “Extended Producer Responsibility Act of 2022,” amending for the purpose Republic Act 9003 or the “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.” When enacted into law, the measure would institutionalize the extended producer responsibility (EPR) mechanism as a practical approach to efficient waste management, focusing on waste reduction, recovery and recycling, the development of environment-friendly products that advocate the internationally accepted principles on sustainable consumption and production, circular economy, as well as producers’ full responsibility throughout the life cycle of their plastic products. The bill defines circular economy as an economic model of creating value by extending product lifespan through improved design and servicing, and relocating ways from the end of the supply chain to the beginning. Meanwhile, the House approved on second reading HB 9165, extending the life span of the Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation (PADC) for another 25 years. According to the bill's explanatory note, the measure aims to further strengthen the agency's capabilities, and to revitalize local or regional air passenger and cargo transport in the performance of its functions. The hybrid session was presided over by Deputy Speaker Divina Grace Yu.

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