Health, environmental advocates urge not to burn trash in cemeteries
Aileen Cerrudo • October 28, 2019 • 203
Health and environmental advocates urge the public not to burn trash especially in cemeteries during the observance of Undas.
In a joint statement, public health expert Dr. Maricar Limpin and zero waste campaigner Jove Mendoza said there are health and environmental dangers in burning trash.
Exposure to these pollutants can cause breathing difficulties and trigger asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory illnesses, especially among children, the elderly and those already suffering from weakened immune systems,” Limpin said.
Meanwhile, Benosa reiterated that burning trash in public is prohibited. He said among the laws banning and penalizing open burning are Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, and Republic Act 8749, or the Clean Air Act.
“Instead of burning discards, we appeal to cemetery administrators and visitors to follow the provisions of RA 9003, which requires the segregation of discards at source and their ecological management such as by composting the biodegradables and recycling the recyclables,” said Benosa.—AAC
MANILA, Philippines – An environmental group has urged the public not to litter or leave their trash behind when they visit cemeteries in line with the Catholic community’s observance of Undas this Nov. 1 and 2.
The EcoWaste Coalition made the call, in support of Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso’s appeal to keep two of Metro Manila’s biggest and busiest cemeteries garbage-free during Undas.
The group said visitors should show more respect and refrain from committing polluting acts such throwing garbage indiscriminately, open burning, smoking and vaping, urinating and even defecating in public.
“We appeal to everyone not to leave your rubbish in the cemetery. It’s not OK to leave the cemetery in a mess. As should be expected, you have to pick up after yourself and not pass on the burden of cleaning up your own mess to others,” Jove Benosa, a zero waste Campaigner of EcoWaste Coalition said in a statement.
The group also reminded the public to refrain from bringing things wrapped in plastic and to pick clean-burning candles instead of those with poisonous lead-cored wicks.
They also urged the public to pack meals and drinks in reusable containers and avoid single-use plastics, bring just enough food to avoid spoilage or wastage, and to bring home all their discards and leftover food.
The group also reminded visitors not to smoke or vape in the cemetery.
Citing a report from the Manila Department of Public Services, the EcoWaste Coalition said 35 truckloads of garbage from Manila North Cemetery, and 26 truckloads from Manila South Cemetery were collected from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 last year.
“With the cooperation of all sectors, including the local authorities, cemetery administrators, food concessionaires, street vendors, and the general public, we can reduce the volume of Undas trash and avoid another garbage overload in our jam-packed cemeteries,” the group said.
President Rodrigo Duterte plans to have a one-week break according to Senator Bong Go on Thursday (October 24).
This is after the chief executive suffered a lumbar muscle spasm caused by a minor motorcycle accident on October 16.
Go said the president will have his one-week break in Davao after attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Bangkok, Thailand on November 2.
“One week po ang gustong pahinga ng ating mahal na Pangulo para naman po gumaling iyong sakit na nararamdaman niya sa likod niya po dahil sa pagkadisgrasya po sa motor (Our beloved president will have a one-week break for his back pain to heal after he had a motorcycle accident),” he said.
Go clarified that the President will not have a leave of absence and will still continue his paperwork.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
President Rodrigo Duterte is feeling “much better” according to the statement of Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Thursday (October 24).
Panelo said the president underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and medical evaluation on Wednesday (October 23).
“He was diagnosed to be having muscle spasms causing what he described to be an ‘unbearable pain at the pelvic and spinal area’ of his body,” he said.
He added that the doctors has advised the Chief Executive to rest for a couple of days and limit his physical activity.
“The President was advised by his doctor to rest, as well as to take medicines that will relieve him of the pain caused by the muscular spasms,” according to Panelo.
Panelo also confirmed the President will meet with Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua on Thursday to discuss several infrastructure projects in the country.
The President will also continue his local and foreign engagements despite his health situation.
Meanwhile, the presidential spokesperson and the Department of Foreign Affairs have belied reports that President Duterte’s delegation was “snubbed” during the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito in Japan, causing the President to shorten his visit in the said country.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
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