LOOK: Cleaner Rizal Park due to intensified anti-littering law
MANILA, Philippines — With trash left by New Year’s eve revelers properly thrown in their proper bins, Rizal Park in Manila was a much cleaner surrounding just hours after the celebration of New Year, thanks to a stricter anti-littering measures being implemented vey the Manila City government.
Photos from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) showed that piles of garbage that filled what was once a trash-filled Rizal Park were already collected on Thursday.
“Malaking tulong po ang kautusan ni mayor Isko (Moreno) na paghuhulihin ang mga lalabag sa Anti Littering law sa mga dadalaw sa Luneta (Manila Mayor Isko Moreno’s directive to apprehend those who will violate the Anti-Littering Law in Luneta),” said DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda told reporters in a Viber message.
Antiporda was referring to the Tapat Ko, Linis Ko ordinance of Manila that was being implemented in the park.
He also noted that policemen are deployed in Rizal Park to apprehend possible violators of the ordinance, signed in October 2019.
Under the ordinance, those who will violate the anti-littering law on the first offense will face a warning from the local government.
Violators will pay a fine ranging from P500 to P5,000 or imprisonment of up to 30 days on their second and succeeding offenses.
Previously, environmental group EcoWaste Coalition slammed the continued littering of trash at the park during the New Year revelry.