'Appalled' Pasig River rehab agency to Black Nazarene devotees: 'Clean as you go'


Posted at Jan 09 2019 07:38 PM | Updated as of Jan 09 2019 07:50 PM

Street sweepers clean trash left by millions of devotees at the Rizal Park after the Translacion of the Black Nazarene left the area, January 9, 2019. Jhun Dantes, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Devotees of the Black Nazarene joining the annual "Traslacion" were urged Wednesday to clean up after themselves as trash is usually left strewn on the route of the procession in its wake.

The Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) in a statement said it was "appalled" by the garbage left behind by devotees who join the procession of the Black Nazarene annually.

"While we are amazed with your devotion, we are also appalled by the piles of garbage that you leave behind every after procession," Jose Antonio Goitia, executive director of the commission said.

"Worse, the Pasig River is not spared from the irresponsibility of many devotees. You are probably well-aware that improper disposal of garbage is illegal so allow us to enlighten you that such act is likewise inconsistent with your devotion," he added.

Millions of devotees flock to Quiapo every Jan. 9 to join the Traslacion of the Black Nazarene icon. 

The procession, which usually lasts an entire day, crosses Jones Bridge, which straddles the banks of the Pasig River.

Devotees were urged to "clean as you go" and to properly dispose their garbage to help keep the cleanliness of the restored Pasig River.

"The irresponsible and illegal dumping of garbage, be it a tiny wrapper of candy, threatens the aquatic life, which took two decades of restoration, in the Pasig River," Goitia said.