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Friday, 25 September 2020 04:05

"Zero Waste" - The bright side of Cemetery lockdown on Undas

As the Todos Los Santos approaches, environmental groups were pleased about the temporary closure of cemeteries in the country due to the health risks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The increasing amount of wastes in cemeteries every Undas has become a perennial problem as people flock to visit their departed loved ones. According to Rodney Galicha, Living Laudato Si Philippines Executive Director, aside from the safety of people from virus exposure, there is also the ecological benefit of this move.

“Kapag wala tayo dun sa sementeryo, marami ‘yung mababawas na mga basura at karamihan naman doon siyempre ‘yung pinagbalutan ng ating pagkain, pinagbalutan ng kandila at marami pang iba,” Mr. Galicha said in an interview in Radio Veritas.

He also pointed out that remembering and offering prayers for their departed loved ones, which is the essence of the tradition, may still be done in their homes.

“Ang espiritu naman kasi nung ating pag-aalaala sa ating mga yumao, espiritu naman talaga ‘yun ng tunay na pakikipag-ugnayan sa Panginoon, ay ‘yung siyempre pagpapanalangin sa ikabubuti at ikakapayapa nung kanilang mga kaluluwa,” he added.

In 2018, 8 garbage trucks were collected from Manila North Cemetery which  accommodated 1 million people. (Fatima Llanza / RCAM-AOC)