The Freeman

DILG urges proper disposal of campaign waste materials

- Caecent Noot Magsumbol/FPL

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) reminds all local government units (LGUs) and candidates to remove and dispose of all campaign waste materials properly while also urging the rest of the Filipinos to join the cleanup drive.

“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 in a press statement.

In an advisory to local chief executives (LCEs), Año 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.

Año is also expecting 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,” Año added.

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.

"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 nonrecycla­ble materials and special wastes shall be the responsibi­lity of the municipali­ty or city."

Along with this, Año urged the public to join the clean-up drives in their respective LGUs.

The DILG emphasized that aside from voting, it is also everyone’s responsibi­lity to keep their surroundin­gs clean.

“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,” Año said. —

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