The Department of Interior and Local Government reminds all LGUs and candidates to remove all campaign materials within 3 days after the election May 10-13, 2022.
According to DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año he urged the proper disposal of all election propaganda materials in line with environmental laws and local ordinances and regulations against illegal dumping, open burning, and littering.
“Clean-up of election litter is the first order of business after the polls. Aside from incumbent LGU 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.
Año pointed out that campaign propaganda made of plastics and other non-biodegradable materials if improperly disposed of, may have detrimental effects on public health and the environment.
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.
Sec. Año also prods the utilization of barangay and LGU material recovery facilities to collect and restore reusable materials as well as in coming 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,”
According to Año last 2019 midterm elections, more than 168.84 tons of campaigns were collected.
Therefore, he encourages everyone to participate in the clean-up drive with their respective LGUs.
“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.”