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LOOK | The morning after Traslacion 2017
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MANILA - (UPDATE, 2:35 P.M) Workers loaded tons of garbage left by devotees of the Black Nazarene in front of the Quiapo church in Plaza Miranda the morning after Monday's Traslacion

Despite repeated appeals for a “trash-less” Traslacion, the sea of devotees that participated in Monday’s Black Nazarene procession left a dozen truckloads of trash, according to Che Borromeo, head of Task Force Manila Cleanup leading the post-Traslacion cleanup.

And, City Hall said, over a 72-hour period from Jan. 7 to Jan. 10, the volume of trash collected had doubled to 341.29 tons compared to last year's 172.29 tons.

Borromeo said city hall workers collected a total of 12 truckloads of waste or 69.43 tons of garbage from Monday (Jan. 9) until 9:30 am Tuesday (Jan. 10), mostly plastic water bottles, styrofor food containers and utensils, plastic cups, cigarette butts, wrappers, plastic bags, newspapers, and carton boxes.

Since Saturday, January 7, up to Tuesday morning, the Task Force has collected 65 truckloads of garbage or 341.29 tons, as compared to last year’s 172.29 tons, he added.

“Piles of rubbish dotted our streets. We have so far collected 12 truckloads of garbage since yesterday morning until 9:30 am this morning,” the city hall official said; during the same 24-hour period last year, they collected a total of 34.86 tons of garbage only.

Estrada earlier called on the devotees to be mindful of their waste when attending the religious event.

Battalion of street sweepers trail procession

To ensure that the procession route is immediately cleaned up, the mayor deployed a battalion of street sweepers from the city’s Department of Public Services (DPS) and Task Force Manila Cleanup to follow the procession as it wound its way back to Quiapo Church.

“They followed the procession, from the start to finish, cleaning up and collecting garbage along the way,” Estrada said as he praised the 600 cleaning crews for their hard work.

 The city’s brand new street sweeper truck also saw action for the first time, Borromeo added.

 Equipped with four rotating brushes and high pressure water sprays, the specialized vehicle sucks in dirt, garbage, and debris like a 500ml water bottle with ease, he said.

Aside from the sweeper truck, officials also stationed four huge dump trucks in strategic locations throughout the procession to store waste collected by pushcart-equipped street sweepers.

“Since our big trucks cannot penetrate narrow streets, we simply positioned them in several locations. Each can carry up to 20 tons of garbage. Dito muna iipunin ‘yung mga basurang nakolekta ng ating mga kariton bago itapon,” Borromeo said.