MMDA ends market cleanup, turns to esteros
By Jaymee T. Gamil
Philippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines—After five months cleaning up more than 100,000 square meters of public markets in Manila and its suburbs, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has wrapped up its “Linis Palengke” program.
On Friday, the MMDA announced in a statement that it was shelving the wet market cleanup program, launched last October, to devote its resources to clearing waterways (esteros) before the onset of the rainy season in June.
The “Linis Palengke” program has covered a total of 100,879 square meters of public markets, 2,935 wet stalls and 4,163 dry stalls, at the Pasig Mega Public Market, Dagonoy Public Market in Manila, Murphy Market in Quezon City, Parañaque Public Market, Muntinlupa Public Market, Pasay City Mall and Public Market, Mandaluyong Public Market II, Polo Public Market in Valenzuela City, New Las Piñas Public Market, and Marikina Central Public Market.
The MMDA cleanup also involved orienting market vendors and other personnel on the rudimentary principles behind Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, as well as the donation of garbage bins, utility carts, aprons, and compressor washers.
The MMDA is now preparing for its annual waterway unclogging called “Estero Blitz,” which will begin this April.
MMDA chair Francis Tolentino made the announcement after leading the last market cleanup activity at the Pasig Mega Public Market in San Nicolas, Pasig City on Friday.
The MMDA’s “Estero Blitz” program is now in its fourth year, having been launched in August 2011.