MMDA intensifies anti-littering campaign
Manila (29 September) -- In line with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA)'s campaign to prevent the recurrence of flooding caused by clogged waterways, nearly 600 litterbugs have been apprehended during its anti-littering drive recently.
According to MMDA, as of September 27, 2010, they have issued Environmental Violation Receipts (EVRs) to 588 pedestrians or an average of more than 70 violators a day.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino reiterates that garbage thrown in the streets would end up in the drainage and into MMDA's pumping stations, causing periodic malfunctions in the agency's flood control facilities.
"Every day we have to remove hundreds of tons of garbage from our pumping stations just to keep our machines running," Tolentino said.
Those who get caught littering were asked to pay a fine of P500 or opt for a community service by sweeping the Shaw Boulevard underpass in Mandaluyong up to Camp Crame in Quezon City.
"We're just hoping that the public will soon realize that throwing even a candy wrapper or a cigarette butt into the streets is a serious offense and will not, in any way, be tolerated," Tolentino further added. (PIA-MMIO) [top]