Avoid trash during Undas, says MMDA chief

Posted at 10/31/12 1:48 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino is appealing to those trooping to cemeteries to dispose of their garbage properly.

Tolentino said during the All Saints' Day holiday last year, the MMDA collected about 200 trucks of trash from the Manila North Cemetery alone.

He said proper garbage disposal will help prevent flooding during the onslaught of heavy rains.

"Last year we hauled 200 trucks of debris coming out of the North Cemetery so we advise the general public na siguro makiisa na ilabas na natin ang basura natin. We'll take care of the flowers and the melted candles, pero yung garbage, pls take care of them," Tolentino said in an interview on ANC.

"The recent Sandy superstorm in the east coast makita natin madaling nag-subside yung baha dahil walang basura," he added.

Meanwhile, Tolentino said the MMDA has also set up closed-circuit television camera-equipped vans at the Manila North and South Cemeteries, as well as the Manila Memorial Park in Sucat, Parañaque.