Cemeteries Commended for Adopting Pro-Environment Measures to Protect Trees, Lessen Garbage(Manila Memorial Park Lauded for Disallowing the Nailing of Tarps on Trees, Manila North and South Cemeteries Cited for Doing Away with Wasteful Plastic Buntings)

 Manila Memorial Park

 Manila South Cemetery

Manila North Cemetery

As the Filipino nation prepares to honor
the dead, an environmental watchdog cited three major cemeteries in Metro
Manila for adopting eco-measures to protect the trees, as well as reduce

The EcoWaste Coalition lauded the Manila Memorial Park (MMP) in Parañaque City
for prohibiting the nailing of commercial and public service announcements on
trees, an environmental offense that drew the ire of the group last Undas.

The group likewise cited the Manila North and South Cemeteries for doing away
with the yearly rite of hanging banderitas made of new single-use plastic bags
at the park entrance, a wasteful practice that also spoils the green scenery.

Last year, the group gave the MMP a “Pako Award” to protest the widespread
nailing of tarp advertisements from popular beverage and fastfood brands on helpless

Manila Memorial Park Manager Lamberto Peña told the EcoWaste Coalition
yesterday that they have duly notified the concessionaires about the no-nailing
policy, saying that “nailing hurts the trees” and stressing that “we need to
care for and preserve Mother Nature.”

“Green kudos to the MMP for enforcing such a vital eco-measure that will
protect trees from getting damaged and injured,” said Aileen Lucero,
Coordinator, EcoWaste Coalition.

Running priest Farther Robert Reyes, who chairs the Save the Trees National
Coalition, also welcomed MMP’s no-nailing on trees policy.

“They pierced His hands and feet with nails jeering and laughing as they
did.  Whenever we hurt people, we crucify Him once more.  Whenever we
drive a nail into trees, don’t we show the same lovelessness and insensitivity
as those who crucified and killed Jesus.  Mabuhay ang Manila Memorial
Park,” said Father Reyes in a text message sent through the EcoWaste Coalition.

Reacting to the non-use of banderitas, Lucero noted that “Mr. Daniel Tan and
Mr. Rafael  Mendez, administrators of the Manila North and South
Cemeteries, made the right decision to keep the sky clear of distractive and
wasteful buntings.”

“The plastic buntings hide and spoil the splendid green scenery.  Now,
cemetery visitors will walk through a lush canopy of trees unblemished by
synthetic decors that only add to post-Undas garbage,” she added.

The EcoWaste Coalition expressed hope that all cemeteries will replicate the
eco-measures adopted by the MMP and the Manila North and South Cemeteries, and
exert efforts to rectify practices that harm and pollute the surroundings.

The group last Tuesday organized an event, in collaboration with the Manila
North Cemetery Administration and the Miss Earth Foundation,
to encourage the general public to observe the Undas in an
eco-friendly manner that is respectful to the dead, as well as to the