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MMDA starts massive cleanup of election paraphernalia

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By Jel Santos

A massive cleanup operation in the metropolis aiming to rid election paraphernalia on streets was started today by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Campaign streamers and posters hang like a roof over a street in Tondo, exuding a fiesta atmosphere, as the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on May 14 draws near. (Jansen Romero)

Campaign streamers and posters in Tondo, Manila (Jansen Romero/Manila Bulletin file photo)

MMDA chairman Danilo Lim deployed around 100 street sweepers and clearing group members to selected areas in Parañaque, Taguig and Makati cities along with members of local government units (LGUs).

“Aside from major thoroughfares, we have deployed personnel upon the request of local Comelec offices to clear campaign materials in some LGUs,” said Francis Martinez, MMDA Parkway Clearing Group head, who is spearheading the operation.

Armed with scraper and backpack sprayer, members of the cleanup team scratched thoroughly election materials pasted on concrete walls and fences all over the metropolis. Meantime, man-lifters were used for materials hanging on high electrical posts.

“So far, we have collected 15.81 cubic meters of garbage left during the recent Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections,” he said.

Election paraphernalia mostly collected were papers, plastic and tarpaulins left on the streets, polling precincts, schools and public places.

According to Martinez, “tarpaulins would be donated to organizations so they can be recycled or be made into bags. Piles of garbage hauled were stored at Pier 8 dumpsite.”

Martinez said they are eyeing to finish the cleanup operation this week.

“We do not want these garbage clogging drainages and waterways that may cause flooding.”

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