Volume of garbage in Manila 5X more than Ondoy

Posted at 08/12/2012 3:14 PM

Garbage includes sofa, carpets, computers

MANILA, Philippines -- The volume of garbage collected in the city of Manila after last week's devastating floods was five times more than what was collected after the onslaught of tropical storm Ondoy in 2009.

Manila Department of Public Services head Carlos Baltazar noted at least 1,900 tons of garbage is collected during normal weather, which increases five-fold after storm-related disasters.

“Mas mahirap ang sitwasyon ngayon dahil pati kama, linoleum, carpet, computer, silya, sofa kasama na sa mga basurang kinokolekta araw-araw,” he said.

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim already appealed to all Manila residents to extend their cooperation to speed up efforts in clearing the garbage left behind by floodwaters.

“Kung maari po sana magtulong-tulong po tayo. There must be citizen involvement. Kung sa lugar ninyo medyo may nakakalat na basura, ipunin na lang, ilagay sa supot, ilagay sa garbage cans, tiyak naman po na dadaanan yan ng trak eh,” Lim said.

“Sa ating mga barangay chairmen na katuwang natin sa paglilinis ng barangay, sila po sana ang manguna, i-report lang po sa amin kung may mga basura pa sa lugar nila na hindi pa nadadaanan ng trak natin,” Lim added.

Lim also directed city engineer Armand Andres to mobilize all district engineers in the city repair all potholes and other damages caused by the heavy floods.