The possibility of a uniform punishment against trash dumped into rivers is being considered
Individuals who are found dumping trash in the Pasig River or any other waterways in the National Capital Region (NCR) will soon face uniform penalties, according to a Metro Manila Council (MMC) official who spoke on the record on Monday.
“Harmonizing the ordinances” against those who continue to throw trash into waterways, according to MMC and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chair Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr., is one of the topics currently being discussed by the MMC members, the majority of whom are mayors from the National Capital Region.
In order to punish people who dump trash carelessly, Abalos stated, “we will create a standard law that will impose fines or require them to do community service.”
He said that the MMDA has erected floating rubbish nets to prevent waste from entering its pumping stations as a more tangible step in maintaining the cleanliness of waterways.
As he walked through the region where garbage traps have been installed along a tributary of the Estero Tripa de Gallina in Pasay, he noted that two truckloads of trash are collected every day in that particular location.
The garbage is collected from all 57 pumping stations in Metro Manila, according to him, for a total of 32 truckloads each day.
Because of the rains and bad weather, Abalos added, “we anticipate the amount of garbage to rise. As a result, we intend to progressively place trash traps on all waterways, such as canals and estros, to minimize the impact of floods in Metro Manila.”
He also appealed to the public to refrain from disposing of trash, particularly human waste, in rivers.
“We urge the public to refrain from disposing of trash in forbidden areas, and we encourage everyone to recycle instead in order to reduce the amount of waste we collect and, ultimately, to mitigate the impacts of flooding,” Abalos added.