Truckloads of trash, stinky portable toilets, and overcrowding in Metro Manila cemeteries on All Saints’ Day

Interaksyon.com, citing the Philippine National Police (PNP), reports that this year’s observance of All Saints’ Day and the long weekend was "generally peaceful." According to PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., 45,000 policemen were deployed across the country.

Interaksyon.com, citing the Philippine National Police (PNP), reports  that this year’s observance of All Saints’ Day and the long weekend was "generally peaceful." According to PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., 45,000 policemen were deployed across the country.

 

However, "the yearly problem on trash, stink, and traffic jam caused by throngs of people, who flock to the cemeteries, remains unaddressed."

 

The Manila South Cemetery became littered with piles of garbage, as people threw their waste anywhere they wanted. The local govenment sent a truck to haul away solid waste. The more than 20 portalets set up in the cemetery were not able to accommodate thousands of visitors.

 

At the Manila North Cemetery, the crowd had already reached 1.1 million as of 2 p.m. on Monday. Many people managed to sneak in with alcoholic beverages hidden in cans of paint.

 

The Holy Cross Cemetery in Novaliches, Quezon City "became a virtual picnic grove as All Saints’ Day turned into a family reunion for many of the cemetery’s visitors who bought lots of food."

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Traffic jams and overcrowding were also experienced at Bagbag Cemetery in Novaliches and Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City.

The report pointed out that "traffic congestion is expected to worsen by Tuesday evening until Wednesday morning as people go back to the cities and resume work after a four-day rest."

 

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