Used PPEs, gloves, face masks seen scattered on EDSA

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Trash, including used personal protective equipment (PPE), gloves, face masks, among others, was seen scattered along near White Plains Avenue before dawn on Monday.

According to Mark Makalalad on Super Radyo dzBB, around six bags of garbage were opened and found along EDSA before 5 am.

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James Agustin reported on Unang Balita that that trash was still at the two northbound lanes, including the bike lane, as of 6 am.

Motorists avoided the uses PPEs and other medical supplies by using the two leftmost lanes.

Agustin said that by 7:15 am, two street sweepers of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) already swept the trash away.

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MMDA EDSA Traffic Management chief Bong Nebrija said their CCTV was not able to capture the moment the trash was scattered on EDSA.

Nebrija said they would look at the CCTV at the People Power Monument to see if this has footage of the incident.

He added the MMDA has coordinated with Joint Task Force COVID Shield commander Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar regarding the incident. Eleazer then ordered an investigator and the station commander of Station 8 to investigate and inspect the area.

In early September, a similar incident occurred after residents in Sampaloc, Manilasaw, the hundreds of used rapid test kits scattered on the road of M. Dela Fuente.

Delivery rider Lester Mangalindan was allegedly stationed in the area when a bicycle with a sidecar passed by around 9 pm.

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Used PPEs, gloves, face masks seen scattered on EDSA

He noticed something falling from the trash bags on the sidecar. They even thought they were pregnancy test kits, but they discovered they had names.

SK Chairman of Barangay 452 Karl Gonza identified them as rapid test kits.

Test kits were scattered on the road from Trabaho Market to the corner of España Boulevard.

Barangay officials immediately removed it after receiving a call from the Department of Public Services or DPS.

After further investigation, authorities traced where the rapid test kits came from, and the laboratory that disposed of them was temporarily closed.

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