Garbage swamping canals — MMDA

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority yesterday strongly urged residents in the National Capital Region to exercise discipline in disposing of their garbage.

This was the call made by MMDA officer-in-charge Atty. Romando Artes as Metro Manila braces for super typhoon another typhoon approaching the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

The MMDA chief lamented that residents indiscriminately throw their waste into waterways, clogging creeks and canals, thereby causing flooding.

“In our daily cleaning, we collect truckloads of garbage from the canal, so again I appeal that we do not throw trash indiscriminately because that ends up in the canal and causes flooding,” Artes said.

The MMDA has already embarked on the cleanup of sewers and tributaries on a

year-round basis to prevent flooding during storms.

However, due to the indiscriminate throwing of garbage by residents, waterways are clogged resulting to flooding, Artes said.

The call for proper waste disposal is being spearheaded by barangay leaders under Republic Act 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

“I’m calling on our fellow countrymen to have a little discipline in the disposal of garbage because Metro Manila is so vast, we can’t always clean those sewers because our personnel are limited,” Artes said.

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