Public urged to keep cemeteries clean, safe.
LEYTE Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez appealed yesterday to millions of Filipinos who will pay their respects to their departed loved ones, particularly in Metro Manila, to observe environmental concerns on All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
“While we celebrate treasured memories of those who have gone to rest in God’s embrace, let us also remember environmental considerations from the expected garbage that might be piling-up. The people should help maintain cleanliness,” said Romualdez, wife of Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) president Martin Romualdez who served three terms as Leyte congressman, adding Filipinos should observe a trash-free celebration.
Romualdez, the chairperson of the House Committee on Accounts, said that every Filipino going to the public cemeteries or even private memorial parks should be more responsible and careful in handling and disposing of waste generated during the visit to the dead.
She lamented that authorities†collect tons of waste materials left behind at the public cemeteries, streets and major thoroughfares after All Saints’ Day.
The congresswoman urged the public to take away waste products brought to the cemeteries or dispose of trash properly so that it will not find its way to the drainage system and inlets and cause massive flooding.
The Leyte lawmaker also said members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) must ensure the safety of the public from criminals.
Romualdez asked the public to be more patient in heavy traffic leading to cemeteries, adding that road rage must be avoided at all times.
“The exodus to cemeteries and memorial parks will be a traffic nightmare, the people should be more relaxed despite the inconvenience to avoid any untoward incident,” she said.
The lawmaker also asked the local government units to station emergency equipment personnel in cemeteries and other volunteer groups that would provide assistance to distressed motorists.