AT least seven truckloads of garbage were hauled by workers of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on their second Saturday of continued clean-up drive at Manila Bay yesterday.
At least 200 street sweepers coming from different areas of assignment gathered as early as 7 a.m. yesterday at the southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard near the US Embassy and started cleaning the bay.
The activity, an initiative of Chairman Danilo Lim, aims to promote environmental consciousness, with MMDA employees leading the way as eco-warriors.
“The Manila Bay cleanup activity is part of the MMDA’s 43rd anniversary celebration and we intend to continue this for the remaining Saturdays of the month,” said Francis Martinez, head of MMDA Metro Parkways Clearing Group (MPCG).
Among the garbage collected were bamboo poles and driftwood which had been carried by currents from nearby fish pens, water hyacinths, plastics, household waste, and sorts of garbage thrown indiscriminately into esteros and creeks.
Martinez labeled the floating garbage as eyesores in Manila Bay, which is among the popular places in the city for leisure walk and for viewing the sunset.
“We keep on reminding the public to dispose of their garbage properly because like here in Manila Bay, our trash will just be thrown back by big waves during heavy rains,” said Martinez.