More than 4,000 individuals are penalized for littering the streets of Metro Manila during the first three months of the year, local reports said, quoting the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
MMDA Chairman Danilo said the agency recorded a total of 4,316 litterbugs: 965 in January; 1,053 in February; and 2,298 in March.
Of the total number, 1,487 of them paid administrative fine while 32 rendered eight hours of community service.
The majority of violators were apprehended in Monumento, Cubao, Ortigas district, Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, Taft Avenue, Guadalupe, North-EDSA, Gil Puyat Avenue and other parts of the metropolis in the first quarter of 2019.
Candy wrappers, cigarette butts, papers, and plastics are the leading waste materials thrown by offenders.
“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,” Lim said.
The agency has summoned the other 2,297 others who are yet to comply with their sanctions, with Lim saying they will be slapped with bigger and stiffer penalties if they ignore the environmental violation receipts (EVR) issued to them.
Under rules, violators are given three days to settle their penalties. Those who fail to settle their fines will be sent summon to comply. In case the violator ignores the summon, a case shall be filed against him/her in court.
The list may also be forwarded to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to include these names in its alarm list unless they settle the fine for their infractions.
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.