LEYTE Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez yesterday appealed to millions of Filipinos to ensure proper disposal of garbage during Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Romualdez, husband of Philippine Constitution Association (PhilConsA) president and former head of the House Independent bloc Martin Romualdez, lamented that authorities regularly brace a garbage-filled metropolis during Christmas and New Year revelries.
“Let us reduce the environmental concerns that would greet Christmas and New Year. Let us ensure the proper disposal of garbage that is now starting to pile-up,” said Romualdez, adding that garbage problems might be aggravated by the debris to be left by firecrackers.
“While we celebrate Christmas and New Year, let us also remember environmental considerations from the expected huge garbage that will pile-up. The people should help maintain cleanliness,” said Romualdez.
She appealed to authorities to draw contingent measures that would avoid the mounting of uncollected garbage.
“Our authorities should initiate its contingency measures so that garbage collection will not be hampered,” said Romualdez.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has been usually facing a problem on garbage collection program.
The Leyte congresswoman recalled that concerned authorities collected tons of waste materials left behind on streets and major thoroughfares during and after Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.
Romualdez explained that disposing garbage properly will ensure that it will not find way to the drainage system and inlets that would cause massive flooding.
She also asked members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other authorities to ensure the safety of the public against criminals and guarantee order.
The lawmaker asked the public to be more patient in encountering horrendous road traffic, adding that road rage must be avoided all the times.
“There will also be a traffic nightmare in some areas. The people should be more relaxed despite the inconvenience to avoid any untoward incident,” she said.