MANILA The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday reported collecting less trash in cemeteries as compared to last year.
In a statement, MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago said the total volume of garbage collected by their personnel from Oct. 28 to Nov. 3, 2019, reached 47.65 tons in 27 cemeteries compared to 2018's 57.95 tons or 10 tons less.
Pialago said the garbage collected this year equated to about 14 truckloads against last year's 17 truckloads.
The collection of less garbage this year was attributed to the ban on informal and ambulant vendors inside and around Metro Manila cemeteries.
Earlier, MMDA General Manager Arturo Jojo Garcia said the policy was put in place to ban only informal vendors and not those organized by vendors with cemetery management.
Garcia said 300 personnel from their Sidewalk Clearing Operations Group (SCOG) were responsible for the cleanup of major cemeteries under the MMDA's watch such as the Manila North in Manila, Manila South in Makati City, Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City, Bagbag Public Cemetery in Quezon City, and Manila Memorial Park in ParaAaque City.
However, he clarified that their personnel were only responsible for cleaning the areas surrounding the cemeteries and not inside the compounds. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency