At least 142 truckloads of garbage from various cemeteries in Metro Manila were collected by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) starting Monday until Saturday, All Saints’ Day Eve across the country.
According to Francis Martinez, MMDA Metro Parkway Clearing Group head, the 419 tons of garbage were hauled during a clean-up from October 26 to 31 in 26 cemeteries.
Martinez said they are expecting the volume to increase as people trooped to cemeteries to pay respects to their departed loved ones on Sunday and as more will be expected to do the same today, All Souls’ Day.
He noted that the volume of garbage left by people who went to the cemeteries decreased this year as compared to last year’s.
In the North (in Caloocan City) and the South (in Makati City) cemeteries, Martinez said, the volume dropped because of the help of Tzu Chi foundation.
He also noted that many informal settlers are still living inside the various cemeteries.
“The North, South, Baesa [Quezon City] and Pasay City [cemeteries]have informal settlers because [the settlers]claim they have no capability to even rent a house,” Martinez said.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO