A reminder to all Black Nazarene devotees to avoid from littering and main “zero-waste” management, as Manila, looks forward to the massive yearly procession on January 9, 2018.
The EcoWaste Coalition, Buklod Tao, and the Green Brigade Committee of the Quiapo Church urges the devotees to “express their faith in a manner that is respectful of the environment.”
The information showed in 2016, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) accumulated 15 tons of garbage along the processional route.
“The Catholic devotion to the Black Nazarene is truly breathtaking and splendid. Sadly the annual ‘Traslacion’ is sullied by the unrestrained littering at the ‘Pahalik’ and vigil site in Luneta and along the processional route,” Zero Waste Campaigner Daniel Alejandre said in a statement.
Every year, the Manila City Government are assigned to do the cleanup and secure the route of the procession.
The green group wants the public to observe the following:
1. “No littering, no smoking” regulation;
2. Avoid smoking or vaping on January 9 as an “act of penance”;
3. Return used beverage and food containers and waste, including bamboo skewers, to givers or vendors for proper disposal;
4. Stop from spitting and urinating in public (do not pee in a PET bottle);
5. Bring a reusable cloth bag for “pasalubong.”
Additional information from: inquirer.net
Photo acknowledgement: ecowastecoalition.blogspot.com and inquirer.net