DILG asks candidates and LGUs to clean election materials in 3 days

TRANSPORT: Metropolitan Manila Development Authority workers prepare to transport a stack of dismantled campaign materials along the stretch of España Boulevard in Manila on
On February 18, 2022, as the Electoral Commission launches “Oplan Baklas”. (Photo by MARIANNE BERMUDEZ/Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has asked candidates and local government units (LGUs) to clean up all campaign-related waste used in the recently concluded elections, saying reusable materials must be recycled or upcycled.

According to Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Wednesday, this should be the first order of business after the elections, encouraging winners and non-winners to take the initiative to withdraw campaign materials.

“Cleaning up election waste is the first thing to do after the polls. In addition to outgoing LGU officials, we urge all candidates, winners and non-winners alike, to take it upon themselves to direct the removal of their campaign materials,” Año said.

“Hinihimok din po natin ing kababayan na makiisa as clean drive ng kanilang LGUs at barangay. We did our part by exercising our right to vote. Let’s continue to participate in governance through our simple ways to clean our neighborhood of election waste,” he added.

The DILG said it was also in a notice to local chief executives, as they also reminded that the disposal of election materials should coincide with “environmental laws and local ordinances and regulations against illegal dumping, burning open air and rubbish”.

“Imposing responsibility on the organizers of political activities, to ensure that the waste generated by their activities and their participants will be properly managed and disposed of,” Año said in the notice.

Likewise, the DILG chief warned that improper disposal of materials can have a negative impact on public health – adding that this must be in accordance with Republic Act No. 9003 or the Environmental Management of Waste Act. solid waste, which states that “segregation and collection of solid waste should be conducted at the barangay level specifically for biodegradable, compostable and reusable waste.”

The campaign wastage for the 2022 election could be significant, as national positions were hotly contested and there were 10 candidates vying for the presidency and nine for the vice-presidency.

In 2019, Año said more than 168.84 tons of campaign material was collected.

As early as October, several pro-environment groups called on the Electoral Commission to initiate pro-environment measures to ensure that campaign waste would be limited and that environmental rules would be respected.

READ: Groups urge Comelec to implement measures for 2022 post-election cleanup

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