AFTER it was tagged as the “gates of hell” in an opus by international novelist Dan Brown, the city of Manila was first to be cleaned up by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino led the 400 workers in hauling several truckloads of garbage from La Concordia Creek, Plaza Dialo, Paco in Manila.
He noted that waterways in Manila are now heavily silted because of accumulated trash adding that they are “are expecting 10 trucks to be hauled daily.”
MMDA Assistant General Manager for Operations Emerson Carlos said that as of press time, MMDA personnel have already collected 30 truckloads of garbage from the La Concordia Creek.
Tolentino said that the cleanup of creeks and other waterways in the metropolis aims to avert flooding as the rainy season is in the offing.
He likewise said that informal settlers blocking waterways are the main contributors to flood as he also appealed to the public to stop throwing their trash at the waterways.
“I hope they stop the indiscriminate dumping of litter and use of plastic which clog our drainages,” he said.
The personnel who joined the operation are from the Flood Control Management and Sewerage Office, Metro Parkway Clearing Group, and Solid Waste Management Office.