MANILA - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Tuesday expressed dismay over the tons of garbage collected in Luneta over the Christmas holidays, saying Filipinos "lack discipline" and remain "indifferent" towards the environment.
Local officials earlier said about 50,000 kilograms of garbage was collected from the capital city's historic park a day after Christmas.
"The mountain of garbage collected at Rizal Park after Christmas reflects not only the lack of discipline among Filipinos, but also our attitude of indifference to solid waste management issues and the environment in general," DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns Benny Antiporda said in a statement.
"Every park goer should feel personally responsible for packing out the trash he brings in and dispose it properly," he said.
"Even if we have garbage collectors, street sweepers, volunteers and other stakeholders helping us, all our efforts for the environment will come to naught if the mindset of Filipinos is, there is always someone who will clean up after them,” he said.
Antiporda also urged local officials "not to hesitate" in penalizing individuals who are caught littering.