Pinoys observing Holy Week tradition leave behind stack of trash
As Filipinos went out to observe the Holy Week tradition, they also left behind stack of trash, an environmental issue that has been going on for years.
This, even if the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) already made an appeal to the public to keep their observation of lent as environment friendly as possible.
Environmental group Ecowaste Coalition yesterday decried the mounds of trash left behind by devotees who observed the Holy Week tradition in Bulacan and Antipolo churches, an Inquirer report showed.
“Just like in previous years, the Lenten pilgrimage to both religious sites left a trail of trash that is totally unbefitting of the spiritual journey that many devotees do to affirm their faith, ask forgiveness for past wrongs and give thanks for blessings received,” Daniel Alejandre, Zero Waste campaigner of EcoWaste Coalition, said.
Even before the Holy Week began, the DENR already anticipated solid waste like plastic bags, food waste, wrappers and sachets to accumulate.
That is why Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu issued a public advisory about this last week.