Bigo pa din! Despite appeal, Traslacion leaves truckloads of trash

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An environmental group lamented the truckloads of garbage left behind by participants of this year’s Traslacion.

Environmental watchdog EcoWaste Coalition said they were saddened seeing the piles of trash despite their fervent appeal to devotees to keep the Black Nazarene feast trashless.

“We are deeply saddened by the sight of garbage at Rizal Park, where the procession of the venerated image began following an all-night vigil, and along the processional route,” the group’s zero-waste campaigner Daniel Alejandre said.

“The lack of environmental concern has again stained the awe-inspiring expression of faith and trust in the Black Nazarene,” he added.

He stressed that his group’s plea for a trashless Traslacion “remains an elusive dream.”

MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago has said that about 15 truckloads of garbage have been collected mainly in the area of Rizal Park since Wednesday morning.

Most of the garbage collected were plastic bottles, styrofoams, food leftovers, plastic bags and cardboard cartons that people used when they held a vigil at the Quirino Grandstand.

Pialago also noted that cleaning operations are still ongoing in Quiapo area.