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Mandaue clean-up on Earth Day confirms plastics clogging up drains

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu, April 30 – Officials and employees of the Mandaue City Government collected at least three truckloads of garbage from the drainage system, mostly plastic, during Earth Day.

The City Government held the clean-up drive on A.S. Fortuna St., Mandaue City last Sunday.

For two hours, employees of the city’s 27 barangays also conducted a simultaneous clean-up drive on their streets, in observance of Earth Day, which is celebrated worldwide on April 22.

During the half-day activity on A.S. Fortuna St., the city used its suction truck to remove trash from the drainage.

”We have found out that the drainage in the flood-prone area is heavy silted with garbage, 90 percent of which are plastic,” architect Florentino Nimor Jr. of the city’s special projects said.

Nimor said he hopes the activity would help minimize flooding in the area.

Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes earlier urged barangay chairmen to strictly implement environmental laws, especially the law on garbage disposal.

Cortes said indiscriminate throwing of garbage, especially plastic materials, leads to clogged-up drainages, which lead to floods during heavy rains.

During a recent summit organized by the city government, officials identified various flood-prone areas and the corresponding projects needed to solve flooding in these areas. (PNA) FFC/EB/gb

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