Thursday, February 17, 2011

EcoWaste urges Noy to lend gravitas to anti-littering campaign

THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s new anti-littering campaign to clean up Metro Manila’s streets and waterways would get a big boost if President Aquino will use his moral ascendancy and popularity to bolster the campaign, the environmental group Ecowaste Coalition said.

"We fervently wish that President Aquino will speak up against littering. We strongly believe that it will make a huge difference if the President himself leads the campaign for a ‘litter-free Pilipinas.’ He can make littering a thing of the past just like what he did with the abusive use of wang-wang (flashing sirens)," said EcoWaste president Roy Alvarez.

The MMDA launched the "Metro Ko, Love Ko!" campaign that aims to keep the streets and waterways of Metro Manila garbage-free.

EcoWaste said Republic Act 9003 which prohibits the dumping of garbage in roads, sidewalks, canals, esteros, parks and establishments has gone unimplemented in many areas due to the lack of political will and effective public education.

Meanwhile, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje ordered the department’s regional field officials to start forging partnerships under their "Adopt-an-Estero" project targeting not less than 10 waterways per region. An "adopted" estero will be maintained by the adoptive company, local government units and civil society as a flood-prevention measure.

The DENR had entered into a number of agreements for several waterways, all in Metro Manila, under the Adopt-an-Estero program in 2010.


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