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Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. (second from left) is awarded a water-themed painting by Artist Ivan Acuña; the MWSI Special Partnership Award; and a plaque of recognition from Maynilad officials (from left) President and CEO Victorico P. Vargas, Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chief Operations Officer Herbert M. Consunji and Chief Finance Officer Randolph T. Estrellado during the 5th Anniversary Celebrations of the Maynilad Water Services Inc. which was held recently at the SM Mall of Asia. The Special Partnership Award was given in recognition of the contribution of the Parañaque City Government and Mayor Jun Bernabe for the continued expansion of MWSI water services in the city. (Photo By: Jun Budlat)
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PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Church, civic groups clean up trash left by devotees

by Jell E. Guzman

MANILA, Jan. 11 (PIA) –- Heeding the call of church officials, multi-sectoral groups joined hands in cleaning the Quirino Grandstand, portions of Luneta Park, and the stretch of the procession route filled with trash left by participants to the Black Nazarene procession, Monday and Tuesday.

The Archdiocese of Manila Ecology Ministry led hundreds of volunteers from the San Jose de Trozo Parish, St. John de Baptist Parish, also known as the Quiapo Church, and devotees from Malolos, Bulacan in cleaning the area.

Environmental watchdog Eco Waste Coalition commended the faithful’s prompt action in observing a meaningful and garbage-free surrounding.

“We look forward to a more ecological celebration of our faith as more and more Filipinos heed the call of ecological awareness, conversion, and action,” said Eco Waste Coalition president and actor Roy Alvarez.

Earlier, Quiapo Church Rector Msgr. Clemente Ignacio assured the public that the Church is also responding to the need to “love the environment.”

The church official also said that the Quiapo Church’s Ministry for Environmental Concerns is active not only during fiestas but year round.

Meanwhile, students and state workers also patiently picked-up discards left by devotees to include plastic bags, food wrappers, PET bottles, rubber slippers, sleeping mats, and others.

This year’s “Traslacion” or the procession of the image of the Black Nazarene from Quirino Grandstand in Manila back to Quiapo Church peacefully ended after 22 hours. (CBCP/RJB/JEG-PIA NCR)

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