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MMDA begins metro cleanup drive

Discipline is only an attitude. Let’s help one another in maintaining cleanliness in every area in Metro Manila.

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) yesterday started its metrowide cleanliness campaign with a cleanup drive in Balintawak, Quezon City.

As early as 5:30 a.m., MMDA chair Benhur Abalos and his men roamed the area to clear it of all kinds of obstruction, particularly garbage from the local public market.

The MMDA chief said there is a need to clear the area and other similar locations in Metro Manila to have clean surroundings.

“We are clearing Balintawak, and this would be on a daily basis. Thus, I talked with the barangay chairman in the area that she would be held liable if she allows trash to pile up in the area,” Abalos said.

To ensure garbage will not accumulate, he said he will leave behind some MMDA personnel including a motorcycle unit to patrol the area and assist the barangay chairman in maintaining cleanliness.

He stressed all roads should be opened to motorists.

Those who would violate this directive would be issued a citation ticket to give them a lesson.

“Discipline is only an attitude. Let’s help one another in maintaining cleanliness in every area in Metro Manila. I am very thankful to Quezon City for its cooperation in this endeavor,” Abalos added.

The MMDA chief revealed that since he assumed leadership of the agency, he saw to it that he talked to all MMDA stakeholders, especially the mayors in Metro Manila’s 16 cities and municipality.
He said the cleanup drive will be a continuing effort not only of the MMDA, but also the metro’s mayors and residents alike.

He added the key to the cleanliness drive is discipline by observing proper waste disposal.

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