Cleanup drive for a flood-free Metro Manila?

MMDA to lead thousands of volunteers this weekend
Jul 22, 2011

Garbage photo from SXC.huSick of making your car wade through flood waters whenever it rains? Garbage blocking waterways have long been blamed for floods that have been hitting Metro Manila. You may feel some degree of relief in knowing that more than 8,000 government workers and volunteers will be cleaning trash-filled creeks in the metropolis on July 24.

Volunteers from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, private organizations and emergency response teams will hold the cleanup simultaneously in areas that have been identified as Flood-Control Bayanihan Zones. These zones include the Sampaloc area, Maysilo Circle in Mandaluyong and Talayan in Quezon City.

"The MMDA workforce to be divided in eight Flood Control Bayanihan Zones: Sampaloc Area/R.Papa in Manila; Makati Diversion Channel/South Superhighway in Makati City; Maysilo Circle, Boni Avenue, Kalentong, New Panaderos, Shaw Boulevard and Acacia Lane in Mandaluyong City; Barangays Salapan and Balong Bato, San Juan City; and Dona Imelda, Damayan Lagi, Tatalon and Talayan in Quezon City," the MMDA said.

The cleanup drive will take place from 8am to 5pm, and the volunteers will be using 5,000 brooms and plastic bags, 100 pieces of pickaxes, and hundreds of spades, crowbars and pitchfork to clean creeks and drainages.

"Even for just one day, we would like the public to see that we at the MMDA are very serious and dedicated to keeping our environment clean, and we're hoping that this will inspire them to do the same," MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said in a statement.

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