Last week, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) gave us a glimpse at the troubling garbage situation in the Quiapo area. Images shared by the traffic agency showed canals clogged by solid waste—a contributing factor to our capital’s flood problem.
If last week’s photos weren’t enough of an eye opener, maybe these will be. The problem isn’t limited to Quiapo and its surrounding barangays—this is a Metro Manila-wide issue the MMDA is dealing with this rainy season.
More recent images shared by the MMDA over social media show cleaning operations in Mandaluyong City and Taguig. By the looks of these pictures, the situation is just as dire as the one in the Quiapo area. In some places, MMDA personnel are resorting to the use of heavy equipment to clear garbage.
“Makapal at halo-halong basura ang sumalubong sa mga tauhan ng MMDA na nagsagawa ng clearing operation sa Pinagsama Creek, Taguig City ngayong umaga,” the agency said in a recent Facebook post. “Paano makakadaloy nang maayos ang tubig kung ginagawang basurahan ng pubiko ang ating mga daluyang tubig?”
Again, when our city’s drains and canals are clogged with trash, rainwater has nowhere to flow to but out onto the streets. So the next time you’re stranded somewhere following a downpour, waiting for the water to subside, remember these photos.