Editorial: Please throw your garbage in the garbage can

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

THAT sounds like something you’d read inside an elementary school campus, right? But, sad to say, the same reminder has to be said over and over again to many, thousands, even millions who have long left grade school and are now full adults. More so during the Holy Week.

The long holiday starts, other have started as early as Monday. Many are now in resorts, beaches, mountain hideaways, mountaintops, hometowns, and a lot of other places far away from home.

Many are packed to the tops of their vehicles, with all creature comforts strapped and hauled along.


Just as many are endlessly nibbling on chichirya and chugging down drinks in cans, bottles, plastic bottles, and just about every disposable container.


That is, stop before you chuck out any of those outside your window.

As we go on our long vacation, let us not bring along our penchant to throw garbage anywhere we want. Unless you are going to some well-maintained resort or public parks, don’t expect trash cans. But don’t expect that others will pick your garbage for you. If there are no trash cans, then bring your garbage with you until you find one. Or, if you are just too lazy to do so, then please bring your yaya or house helper to pick your trash for you.

Proper disposal of our trash is a personal responsibility. Just remember to throw these in the proper places, and if such proper place are not there… like maybe on a trail up a mountain, then your responsibility is to carry all that you are bringing with you, down with you until you find a proper place to dispose of your garbage, candy wrappers, soda bottles, chichirya foil wraps, and all.

Mind most where you are throwing your garbage as you go Visita Iglesia.

There is no scene as confounding, amid all these religious pomp, pageantry and prayers, than littered sidewalks and pathways in and around church compounds. That says a lot about one’s religion, doesn’t it? But, look around and you will notice the litter. Sad, but very true.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 16, 2014.


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