Monday, February 22, 2010

Asia 360 - No Dumping Of Garbage

"Strictly no dumping of garbage. Penalty fine and imprisonment."

This photo was taken in Marikina City, beside the Marikina River in the Philippines, which overflowed during the onslaught of Typhoon Ketsana (named as Typoon Ondoy by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration), one of the tropical depressions that wreaked the most havoc in the country. Garbage that was dug out of the river was dumped on the banks and obviously remains there up to now.

The heap of trash is also just few meters away from a major mall in the city, beside the road that links the major highway to the parking entrance.

Scavengers, young and old, can be found sifting through the golden pile during the day.


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At February 23, 2010 at 7:30 PM , Blogger Brad Farless said...

The lack of cleanliness is one of the things that makes Manila so hard to be in. If the government would stop stealing all the money and actually use it for public works... like I dunno... trash clean-up... the city would be a lot nicer.

You only have to look at Makati to know that. Makati is the business district in Manila. The people in charge there have the place spic and span. You'd almost think you were in Singapore.

At February 27, 2010 at 12:37 PM , Blogger Singapore Fountain Pen said...

I agree. There is so much corruption that it seems almost hopeless, but of course people can't lose hope. And as you've mentioned, just looking at Makati, it's proven it could be done.

There Philippine presidential elections are scheduled to be held in May, hopefully the Filipino people make the right choice.

At February 27, 2010 at 3:47 PM , Blogger Brad Farless said...

Filipinos seem to have a really good outlook on life, despite the average living condition. They're more positive than most people in 1st world countries. It's something I found bizarre, but pleasant.

I'm actually going to be there in May. I hope things go well, or I may get to take photos of rioting and looting.


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