‘Trash, trash, trash’

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The feast of the Black Nazarene which started 30 December last year and ended early dawn Thursday with the traslacion, generated a total of 88 truckloads of trash, according to the Department of Public Service (DPS).

DPS chief Che Borromeo said the cleanup is still ongoing, with trucks on stand-by at Plaza Miranda in front of the Quiapo church while street sweepers are still doing mopping-up operations on the side streets around the church.

At the end of the procession at around 2:15 a.m., four more truckloads of garbage such as styropor, empty plastic bottles and towels were collected, according to Borromeo.

During the pahalik event at the Quirino Grandstand, he said six truckloads of trash were hauled in.

Despite repeated announcements before and during the procession not to litter, the call made by the local government of Manila went unheeded.

This year, around four million devotees joined the traslacion which lasted 21 hours and seven minutes with the return of the image of the Black Nazarene to the Quiapo church. The journey was still faster than that of last year’s which took more than 22 hours.

Manila Police District Director Senior Supt. Vicente Danao said overall, this year’s festivities were generally peaceful and orderly due to the preparation and help of various government and non-government agencies.

NCRPO Director Guillermo Eleazar said there were no reported deaths during the event.

The Philippine Red Cross, however, reported there were 1,000 individuals who were given treatment ranging from dizziness, difficulty in breathing, high blood pressure and wounded feet.

“We were not really concerned about the travel time because our main consideration was for it to become peaceful and orderly. They (devotees/hijos) owned this activity. It was orderly because concerned agencies did their part” Eleazar said.

The situation went back to normal at 6:30 a.m. of Thursday where some 500 people stayed at Quiapo church to attend the Mass.

Panayam kay Asec. Celine Pialago, MMDA Spokesperson

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