Tourists Urged to Be More Responsible for the Holidays

Especially for the New Year countdown in Rizal Park.

( It’s no secret that lots of Filipinos love celebrating Christmas, nor is it surprising to know that discipline might not always be their strongest suit. In a Facebook post, the Department of Tourism expressed their concern over the alarming amount of garbage left at the Rizal Park grounds found the morning of December 26, saying that while they are “pleased” to see Filipinos visiting the park, they're hoping the public would also be responsible in maintaining the cleanliness of tourist spots.

PHOTO BY Krizjohn Rosales
The Philippine Star

“We would like to remind everyone that preserving our country’s destinations is also the duty of its citizens,” says the Department of Tourism (DOT) in a statement. “Let us be responsible tourists by throwing our trash in the proper trash bins.”

Over 12 truckloads of garbage were reportedly collected by sweepers earlier this morning, left by the rush of park-goers to celebrate Christmas. Photos of the trash-ridden park have since been making rounds on social media.

“While we continue our efforts to maintain the quality of our tourist sites, we look forward to your cooperation this coming New Year celebration.”

In January of this year, truckloads of garbage were also left by tourists who stayed at the park for the 2018 New Year countdown.

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