MANILA, Philippines — After his recently implemented “bus ban” drew flak from transport groups and commuters alike, former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada feels that an upcoming ordinance of the city that prohibits littering within the vicinity of Manila might face rough sailing as well.
Manila City Ordinance No. 77340586 aims to prohibit the incessant littering of its citizens so as to avoid the clogging of the city’s drainage system and to improve the overall look of the city in the process.
The ordinance states that upon disembarking from a “colorum” bus outside the city limits on their way to Manila, citizens are reminded that they should not throw their thrash or garbage ‘just anywhere’ else; a habit that everyone have grown accustomed to.
But this early, groups are complaining about the upcoming ordinance, saying that is an inconvenience and probably illegal as well.
“Eh saan ko naman iluluwa itong nginunguya kong chewing gum (Where should I throw away this piece of gum that I’m chewing right now)?” said Hazhel, when asked to comment about the “littering ban”.
“Masyado namang pahirap ‘to sa amin (This is too cumbersome for us),” said Jay Hagonoy, who habitually throws away his day’s garbage out the window at night. “Pagpapawisan pa akong dalhin ito sa kanto at itapon dun sa basurahan (I’d get sweaty bringing it to the corner bin).”
Some groups will question the legality of the ordinance and has asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for help.
But not everyone is against the upcoming ordinance.
“Natutuwa ako at may nakikita akong pagbabago sa ating lungsod (I’m happy seeing progress happening in our city),” said Lalai Oh. “Maaring may konting perwisyo sa umpisa (There might be hardship at first), but let’s give him (Erap) a chance.”
“The city’s problems cannot be solved overnight,” said SWN resident sociologist Ramon Christopher Ching. “People should just quit whining, just because they were bumped off their comfort zones.”
He added that citizens should instead demand from the public transportation that they are patronizing, making sure that the drivers are both disciplined and following rules and regulations within the city limits that they are plying.
“No matter how comfortable we are with the status quo,” added Ching. “Eh kung bulok naman ang sistemang yun, hindi din tayo aasenso (If that system is broken/crooked, there won’t be progress).”
Stay tuned for more updates.
“It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t. It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.”
James Gordon, M.D.