Marikina Wins Praises for Keeping Cemeteries Clean During Undas
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While other cemeteries in Metro Manila (and probably in other parts of the country) wrestled with tons of trash left by visitors during “Undas” (All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day) on November 1 and 2, in Marikina City, it’s a different story.
Marikina’s cemeteries – Aglipay Cemetery, Barangka Municipal Cemetery, Holy Child Cemetery, Loyola Memorial Park, and Our Lady of the Abandoned – remained spotless even after thousands of people visited the graves of their loved ones on Undas, bringing flowers, lighting candles, and praying for their souls.
It was all thanks to the brand of leadership of Mayor Marcy Teodoro, who instructed City Hall officials and employees to ensure cemeteries were clean and orderly weeks before November 1, as well as the cooperation and discipline of its citizens. The unwavering devotion and hard work of Marikina City Hall employees, particularly those from the City Environmental Management Office (CEMO), also deserved praise.
As a result, some media organizations praised Marikina City.
An article published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on November 2 titled “Marikina has this uncanny discipline when it comes to trash” cited the discipline shown by Marikeños in properly disposing their trash.
“(I)nside the Loyola Memorial Park, the trash does not get mixed up with candles, flowers and grasses,” the article said.
“Instead, they are properly contained in garbage bags and placed in areas where garbage collectors and street sweepers deputized by the local government can collect with ease,” the article, written by Gabriel Pabico Lalu, continued.
One commenter on the Inquirer article wrote: “Is Marikina the Japan of the Philippines?” – alluding to the habit of the Japanese to clean up after an event, whether it’s an international sports competition or a Halloween celebration
To ensure that cemeteries were clean and trash were disposed of properly, the City Government under Mayor Marcy has deployed street sweepers in different cemeteries. In fact, one employee from CEMO, Benito Loresto, was cleaning the street in front of Loyola Memorial Park even under the scorching sun.
Credit must also go to the citizens for helping keep the cemeteries free from trash. Because in Marikina, disposing trash properly (that is, putting them inside trash bins) and not throwing them anywhere has become part of the people’s culture. Keeping streets and the environment free from trash is second nature.
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