THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has apprehended a total of 4,316 violators during its anti-littering operations in the first quarter of this year.
In a report, the MMDA Health, Public Safety and Environmental Police Office (HPSEPO) said 965 litterbugs were apprehended in the month of January, 1,053 litterbugs in the month of February and 2,298 in the month of March.
Of the total, 1,487 violators settled the administrative fine while 32 offenders rendered an eight-hour community service.
The litterbugs were apprehended in Monumento, Cubao, Ortigas district, EDSA-Taft, Guadalupe, North-EDSA, Buendia and other parts of the metropolis.
MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said the continuous enforcement of the anti-littering law is in line with the agency’s mandate to uphold the health and sanitation of the metropolis and its residents.
“We are calling on the public to refrain from littering in the streets. Remember that garbage, no matter how small or big it is, end up in the drainage that contributes to flooding. Proper garbage disposal is everyone’s responsibility,” said Lim.
Top waste materials thrown by offenders are candy wrappers, cigarette butts, papers, and plastics.
Anti-littering teams are composed of environmental enforcers responsible for the enforcement of the provisions of the MMDA Regulation No.96-009 or anti-littering law that prohibits littering, dumping and throwing any kind of waste in open or public places.
During operations, they issue environmental violation receipts (EVRs) to persons caught violating the anti-littering law, with a corresponding fine of P500 or community service.
The MMDA also reminds the public of the stiffer consequence should violators ignore EVRs.
Under the rules, violators are given three days to settle their penalties. Those who fail to settle their violation will be sent summon to comply. If the violator ignores the summon a case shall be filed against him/her in court.
Names of charged violators may also be forwarded to the National Bureau of Investigation for inclusion on its alarm list unless they pay the penalty for their infractions.