MANILA - Around 70 tons of garbage have so far been collected by cleaners and volunteers from the Quirino Grandstand to Ayala bridge in Manila on Thursday, part of the route of the annual Black Nazarene procession that drew millions of devotees.
Manila Department of Public Services chief Kenneth Amurao said the collected waste could fill up at least 14 dump trucks.
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said they were expecting around 150 tons of garbage at the end of the Traslacion, which attracts millions of devotees yearly.
Some 2.3 million people were following the procession as of 8:50 a.m. on Thursday, according to Moreno's office.
The mayor called on devotees to clean up before leaving.
"'Yung panawagan ng pamahalaang panglungsod na ang taong bayan ay makiisa sa paglilinis na ginagawa ng lungsod ng Maynila," he said.
(The city government is calling on the public to cooperate with the cleanup, which Manila is doing.)
In last year's Traslacion, devotees left a trail of trash that would've filled at least 100 garbage trucks, according to the city's public services department.
- with a report from Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News