The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Friday collected a total of 68 truckloads of garbage from this year's Traslacion, a third less than last year's collection.
In a message to reporters, MMDA spokesperson, Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago said the garbage, which weighed 330 tons, was collected from the start of the pahalik at the Quirino Grandstand on Monday until the procession of the Black Nazarene on Thursday.
This, compared to 100 truckloads of trash collected during last year's Traslacion for the same period.
Yun mula sa MMDA at (That's from the MMDA and) DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) street sweepers, same durationfrom Pahalik to Traslacion Procession, Pialago said of last year's collection.
Aside from having the least amount of garbage collected, this year's Traslacion was also the fastest, taking 16 hours and 30 minutes to complete compared to the average 21 hours in the previous yearsbreaking the record of 18 hours in 2013.
With the procession ending at around 9 p.m. on Thursday, Pialago said all roads and bridges in its route were cleared and passable at the same time as the procession's end at the Quiapo Church.
However, the changes in the yearly religious event were not without its drawbacks as some devotees complained of being unable to reach the andas (carriage) that carried the statue of the Black Nazarene, due to stricter security by both the police and military personnel.
Source: Philippines News Agency