DENR chief tells public: Keep cemeteries trash-free

October 29, 2019

TWO days before the traditional “Undas” (All Saints’ and Souls’ Day), Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu again reminded the public of their responsibility to keep cemeteries and memorial parks free from trash.

“We can make the observance of Undas more meaningful if we keep the final resting place of our loved ones litter-free,” Cimatu said.

He said showing respect for the dead also means keeping cemeteries clean.

Under the law, a person caught littering could be fined from P300 to P1,000 or render community service.

“Let us honor our departed loved ones the proper way and that is to leave them with our prayers and not with our trash,” the DENR chief said.

Meanwhile, Cimatu reminded local government units (LGUs) of their duty to enforce Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

“LGUs have the primary task of enforcing the provisions of RA 9003,” he pointed out.

An estimated 30,000 tons of garbage is generated in the country every day, with 8,000 tons produced in Metro Manila alone. The volume shoots up during public events.

“The LGUs need to step up its implementation of RA 9003 as people continue to generate huge volume of garbage during Undas, practically turning graveyards into littering sites,” he said.