More than 800 tons of garbage have been collected from the typhoon-ravaged Marikina City and San Mateo, Rizal as of November 22, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.
MMDA Chairman Danilo “Danny” Lim said they so far collected a total of 841.34 tons or 3,104 cubic meters of garbage.
The agency said it has deployed 150 personnel tasked to assist the local governments of Marikina and San Mateo, Rizal in their clearing operations.
According to Lim, MMDA also dispatched heavy equipment such as dump trucks and pay loaders.
“Our personnel shall continue rendering assistance to affected residents until local government units’ rehabilitation works are completed. We are always ready to help in restoring normalcy in the affected communities,” the MMDA chairman said.
MMDA said the areas of operation in Marikina City are in Barangays Malanday, Sto. Niño, and Tañong, particularly Provident Village, while areas of operation in San Mateo, Rizal are in Barangays Guitnang Bayan, Banaba, and Sta. Ana.
Francis Martinez, MMDA Metroparkways Clearing Group chief, said it would take several weeks more before Marikina and San Mateo are totally rid of garbage and mud left by floodwaters brought by the typhoon.
The agency said most of the garbage includes broken appliances, furniture, equipment, soiled stuff, and clothing.
“Garbage is also starting to emit foul odor so we are fast-tracking its collection. Based on our estimate, we can collect a year’s worth of trash from the thousands of homes affected by the typhoon,” Martinez said.
Various areas in Metro Manila and Rizal were flooded due to the onslaught of Typhoon “Ulysses.” The badly-hit areas were Marikina and Montalban, Rizal.