November 26, 2022

The social arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has appealed to the public to ensure the environment is protected by having a “garbage-free” commemoration of the All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
Fr. Antonio Labiao Jr., executive secretary of NASSA/Caritas Philippines, said as good stewards of Mother Nature, people should show appreciation and care for the environment while remembering their departed loved ones.
“It’s our shared responsibility to ensure that our environment, which includes us all, is protected against practices that pollute and degrade it. Let’s make our cemeteries trash-free,” the Catholic priest added.
Labiao issued the statement in connection with the rally for the “Untrash Undas: Enforce BTS (Bawal magTapon sa Sementeryo)” advocacy held by environmental watchdog EcoWaste Coalition.
The rally encourages the public not to litter the cemeteries when visiting the graves of their deceased loved ones.
The call is also related to the expected influx of people who will visit various cemeteries throughout the country, especially as the rules on the Covid-19 continue to be relaxed.
Based on the records of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority in 2019, a total of 14 trucks of garbage were collected from 27 cemeteries in Metro Manila during the commemoration of the annual event. – PNA