Green groups call on for ‘trash-less’ 2018 Black Nazarene Traslacion

Shara Mae Balce
PUBLISHED January 5, 2018 03:44 pm

(Inside Manila) Devotees of the Black Nazarene have been reminded to observe cleanliness on the procession route during this year’s traslacion.

The EcoWaste Coalition and Buklod Tao have called on the devotees of the Black Nazarene not to mess up the feast with trash. The groups urged to “express their faith in a manner that is respectful of the environment.”

The Quiapo Church has formed a Green Brigade to help address the environmental problem and to keep the traslacion route “trash less” in anticipation of the tons of garbage that will be left behind on the streets as Manila braces for the huge annual procession on Tuesday, January 9.

According to an interview over Church-run Radio Veritas, head minister of the Archdiocese of Manila’s Ecology Ministry Father Ric Valencia said the Green Brigade will be divided into two groups: to clean the procession route and to pick up trash after the procession has passed.

The team was tasked to manage the garbage woes as the priest urges the faithful to be responsible and throw their trash in proper disposal bins.

Valencia also called on volunteers and other devotees to initiate and pick up garbage, saying that it is a deep expression of faith and respect for the environment that God has provided.

The week-long feast started last December 31, 2017 and will culminate on Tuesday with the procession of the Black Nazarene. This year, the traslacion will feature prayer stations for the first time.



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