WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Millions of Filipinos are expected to flock to cemeteries to visit their dead loved ones during All Saints’ Day, November 1, and also on All Souls’ Day, November 2, for an observance known in the Philippines as Undas.
This is the first time in two years that Filipinos can observe this tradition in person again, after the government restricted entry into cemeteries on Undas at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, local government units have been making preparations to ensure that cemetery visitors observe health and safety protocols.
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Manila collects 43.82% more garbage compared to 2019 Undas
The total volume of garbage the Manila city government collected in the Manila North and Manila South cemeteries from October 28 to November 2 increased compared with how much garbage was collected in 2019, local authorities said.
From 477 cubic meters of garbage collected in 2019, the last time the Philippines had in-person Undas activities, the garbage collected in 2022 was 686 cubic meters in the capital’s two public cemeteries, representing a 43.82% increase.
The number of truckloads of garbage also more than doubled – from 34 in 2019 to 78 in 2022.
According to the Manila city government’s Department of Public Services, the increase can be attributed to the additional garbage from the aftermath of Severe Tropical Storm Paeng (Nalgae), such as fallen trees and leaves.
More than 429,000 visited the Manila North and Manila South cemeteries on November 1, while around 71,000 visited the capital’s two public cemeteries on November 2.
Candles lit at PH’s first cemetery for whales, dolphins
Environmentalists and employees of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) here lit up candles on the tombs of marine mammals on Tuesday, All Saints’ Day, in keeping with an annual tradition that started nine years ago.
The Philippines’ first cetacean cemetery was established in 2013 within the 15-hectare compound of BFAR in Barangay Fabrica in Bula town, Camarines Sur.
It is maintained by the Fisheries Regional Emergency Stranding Response Team, a group conducting emergency rescue operation and postmortem examination of endangered marine species.
Read more about the graveyard for whales and dolphins here.