HomeThe Ledgervol. 1 no. 1 (2013)

Perspectives of Vendors in Davao City about the Implementation of Ordinance 0361 Banning of Non-Biodegradable Plastic Bags

Novem Claire T. Langusta | Kimberly M. Gomez | Emma V. Sagarino

Discipline: Economics, Social Science, Business Management



The Davao City ordinance banning non-biodegradable containers has been implemented starting June 28, 2012. Ideally, this ordinance has noble purposes; however, its merits will only be realized if its corresponding provisions are conscientiously implemented. This study was conducted to explore the issues encountered by the vendors who are using non-biodegradable plastic bags in Davao City. This study is qualitative in nature. Eight purposively chosen vendors from Piapi, Agdao, and Bankerohan Public Markets were interviewed using structured questions. Findings disclosed that most of the interviewed vendors in Piapi and Bankerohan Public Market in Davao City were in favor of the ordinance as they believed that it could help lessen the problem on solid waste in Davao City. Others were not in favor with this ordinance because of the low quality and the relatively higher costs of biodegradable plastic bags which adversely affected their profit. In relation to urban flooding some said that it could be attributed to the lack of discipline and concern towards the environment of the residents and not because of the type of plastic bags we are using.