DILG to poll bets: Clear campaign materials in 3 days

May 11, 2022 Jun I. Legaspi 179 views

THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) reminds all local government units (LGUs) and candidates to remove and dispose of all campaign waste materials within three days.

“Clean-up of election litter is the first order of business after the polls. Aside from incumbent LGU [local government unit] officials, we urge all candidates, winners and non-winners alike, to take it upon themselves to lead in the removal of their campaign materials,” said DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año.

In an advisory to local chief executives (LCEs), he urged the proper disposal of election propaganda materials in line with environmental laws and local ordinances and regulations against illegal dumping, open burning, and littering.

He also prods the utilization of barangay and LGU material recovery facilities to collect and restore reusable materials and come up with innovative and safe strategies to recycle or upcycle reusable campaign waste materials.

“Impose the responsibility to the organizers of political activities to ensure that waste generated by their activities and their attendees will be properly managed and disposed of,” he said in the advisory to LCEs.

“Hinihimok din po natin ang ating mga kababayan na makiisa sa clean up drive ng kanilang LGUs at barangay. We have done our part in exercising our right to vote. Let’s continue to participate in governance through our simple ways of cleaning up our neighborhood from election litter,” he said.

Año pointed out that campaign propaganda made of plastics and other non-biodegradable materials may have detrimental effects on public health and the environment if not properly disposed of.

Section 10 of Republic Act (RA) No. 9003, known as the “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act”, says that pursuant to Republic Act (RA) 7160 or the Local Government Code, the LGUs shall be primarily responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the provisions of RA 9003 within their respective jurisdictions. “Segregation and collection of solid waste shall be conducted at the barangay level specifically for biodegradable, compostable, and reusable wastes: Provided, that the collection of non-recyclable materials and special wastes shall be the responsibility of the municipality or city.”

In the 2019 midterm elections, Año said more than 168.84 tons of campaign materials were collected. By Jun I. Legaspi