MANILA - Seventeen truckloads of garbage left by devotees of the Black Nazarene have been collected so far by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
The MMDA's Metro Parkways Cleaning Group started cleaning up the streets early morning on Thursday as the devotees moved from Quirino Grandstand, the starting point of the procession of the image of the dark-skinned Jesus Christ.
According to Francisco Martinez of the Metro Parkways Cleaning Group, 350 street sweepers were deployed for the clearing of the streets that were included in the route of the traslacion.
Martinez said MMDA chairman Francisco Tolentino instructed them to continue following the "andas" carrying the statue of the Black Nazarene until the procession ends.
"Hangga't hindi po ito naihahatid sa Quiapo [Church], susunod po kami. Hindi kami titigil hangga't hindi naiaakyat sa loob ng Quiapo Church," he told radio dzMM.
"Ang instruction sa amin ni Chairman pag-alis ng prusisyon dapat nakabuntot na. Yung inalisan ng prusisyon dapat malinis na po," he added.
The garbage they have collected so far consisted mostly of plastic, styrofoam cups and plates, candy wrappers, and banana peels, Martinez said. -- With report from Ruby Tayag, dzMM