Luneta Park. Image courtesy of whereinmanila.com
Luneta Park. Image courtesy of whereinmanila.com

MANILA (PNA)– With a million protesters expected in Rizal Park for Monday’s anti-pork barrel fund rally, the EcoWaste Coalition urged participants not to litter or throw away their trash needlessly.

“Our righteous demand to end corruption is not acceptable alibi to turn the park into a dump site for cigarette butts, food leftovers and wrappers, plastic bags and even for political leaflets,” EcoWaste Coalition coordinator Aileen Lucero said.

The group also reminded those caught littering or smoking within the park premises face a fine of P500 or eight hours’ community service for the first offense, P1,000 to P5,000 fine or 16 hours’ community service for second offense, and P5,000 to P10,000 fine for the third offense.

It also provided the following practical tips to park visitors: carry a personal litter bag or hold on to the rubbish until a bin have bee found; bring own drinking water in a refillable water tumbler to minimize buying bottled water; place “baon” in recyclable food containers that should be brought home, washed and used again; use reusable bags instead of plastic bags; and don’t spit, throw chewing gum or toss cigarette filters on the ground. (PDS/PFN)