A Bad Habit That Will Cause You A Fortune
Bad habit on the Metro Manila had proven itself that it's really B-A-DWho would think that a candy wrapper can cost you at least 500 pesos?
Starting today, September 16, 2010, The Metro Manila Development Authority is re-implementing the suspended law, the Regulation Number 96-009 or the Anti-Littering law which was suspended on Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s regime on 2003.
The MMDA will issue a receipt as fine for violators, the ticket will cost five hundred to one thousand pesos. Violators who cannot pay the fine can do community service like cleaning a sidewalk of public urinals.
Currently the Metro Manila through the agreement of the city council decided to re-implement the said law after their regular meeting last September 8, 2010. This law was first approved on August 1996 by the Metro Manila council.
According to the MMDA: "Under the law, violators are issued an EVR (Environmental Violation Receipt ), with corresponding fines ranging from P500 to P1,000 and community service for those who cannot afford to pay the administrative fines," .
This Anti-Littering Law, amended by MMDA Regulation Number 99-006, prohibits littering, dumping, and throwing of garbage or any kind of waste in open or public places.
This also requires establishments, either public or private, to maintain the cleanliness of their frontages and adopted areas.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said MMDA Health, Public Safety, and Environment Protection Office (HPSEPO) personnel and deputized environmental police will start the implementation on September 16 this year metro-wide.
"We will be going around the LGUs and conduct information and education campaign for public awareness before we start our actual apprehension," The MMDA chairman said, in his desire to inform the city before the actual reimplementation of the law.
According to the MMDA records, from January of 1999 to July of 2002, the agency apprehended a total of 222,956 violators, 1,583 of whom rendered community service, while 20,943 cases were filed in different metropolitan trial courts. And that twelve million was collected from administrative fines from these violators.
Earlier on abs-cbn news, the MMDA team had already conducted to apprehend the violators. As expected, many are shocked. 500 pesos is really a lot of money especially for a regular working person, much more for the unemployed. Littering on the metro had really became a very expensive habit, a bad habit made worst.
This has been the effort of the metro to keep the area clean, far from pest that carries sickness and to avoid clogging of canals and water ways.
It’s a little harsh and brutal asking for a person to pay a five hundred pesos fine even for someone like me who have a regular (high paying? naaah) job. But I want it to be implemented here on our city too.
How about you my dear readers, would you also want this law to be implemented on your city /town?
Please do care to give your comments below.