Cemeteries may need at least 3 days to clean mess left by visitors

Major cemeteries in Metro Manila may need at least three days to clean up the mess

left behind by Filipinos who paid their respects to their dearly departed in this year's Undas (All Saints' and All Souls' Days).

Henry Dy, administrator of the Manila South Cemetery, said this is despite the relatively smaller amount of garbage left behind by visitors compared to last year.

"Siguro three days po," Dy said in an interview on dzBB radio, when asked how long the cemetery will need to clean up.

But Dy cited a disturbing observation where some Filipinos tended to dump their garbage at nearby tombs.

Still, he said there was less garbage this year than last year, since many visitors did not bring food, and a non-government organization is helping pick up recyclable plastic items.

"Isang NGO nagpupulot ng plastic recyclables, malaking tulong ‘yan," he said.

At the Manila North Cemetery, meanwhile, administrator Edgardo Noriega said at least two truckloads of garbage had been brought out of the cemetery as of Friday.

"Pinaghihiwalay ko ang nabubulok at hindi nabubulok," he said in a separate interview on dzBB. –KG, GMA News