Mayor Sara Z. Duterte has ordered political candidates here to create their own teams tasked with retrieving and recycling election materials after the May 9 elections.
In an executive order on April 27, Duterte required all local candidates to participate in a three-day removal and recycling activity on May 10, 11, and 12.
“The city government urges local and national candidates to be responsible for ensuring that their campaign materials will be disposed of and properly managed after Election Day as these will no longer serve their purpose,” the City Information Office said, quoting Duterte’s executive order.
Duterte acknowledged the need to ensure the proper disposal of the campaign materials to avoid contributing to more waste products and promote effective waste management in the city.
“The collected election paraphernalia during the cleanup should not be disposed of into garbage bins and collection points as they must be recycled by the teams or should be delivered to recycling centers,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Davao Region (DENR-11) said it is continuously expediting orders to take down campaign materials posted on trees.
DENR-11 said their clearing campaign in the city started on April 18.
DENR-11 Director Bagani Fidel Evasco reminded the local and national candidates to inform their supporters that placing campaign materials on naturally growing or planted trees would violate Republic Act No. 3571.
The law prohibits the cutting, destroying, or injuring of planted or growing trees, flowering plants, shrubs, or plants of scenic value along public roads, in plazas, parks, school premises, or any other public ground.
Source: Philippines News Agency