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Quezon City Council reminds candidates of plastic ban

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By Chito Chavez

The Quezon City Council called on all local and national poll bets in the May 2019 mid-term elections to strictly adhere to the existing ordinance that prohibits the use of plastic components as advertisement and propaganda materials in the city.

Campaign posters of candidates in the upcoming 2019 elections, February 15, 2019 are seen posted on electric wires and posts along West Avenue in Quezon City. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday started its crackdown on campaign materials that are oversized, placed in prohibited areas or both, after the deadline it imposed on candidates lapsed on Thursday. (KEVIN TRISTAN ESPIRITU / MANILA BULLETIN)

Campaign posters of candidates in the upcoming 2019 elections, February 15, 2019, are seen posted on electric wires and posts along West Avenue in Quezon City. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday started its crackdown on campaign materials that are oversized, placed in prohibited areas or both, after the deadline it imposed on candidates lapsed on Thursday. (KEVIN TRISTAN ESPIRITU / MANILA BULLETIN)

Ordinance No. SP-2202 prohibits the use of polyethylene (plastics) as advertisement and propaganda materials in QC as the city’s initiative to reduce wastes and encourage candidates to utilize environmentally-sound methods that could prevent pollution.

The said ordinance penalizes violators of notice of violation for the first offense; a fine of P3,000 and three-day community service for second offense; and P5, 000 fine and three-day community service for the third offense.

Any firm or corporation caught selling, transporting or in possession of propaganda materials for use or installation in QC will be fined of P3, 000 up to P5, 000 and revocation of Mayors Permit to Operate.

Meanwhile, Councilors Victor Ferrer Jr., Eufemio Lagumbay, Ranulfo Ludovica, Allan Francisco and Allan Benedict Reyes urged the city government to remove propaganda materials posted on electric wires in the city regardless of their political parties and affiliations.

The Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department; Park Development and Administration Department, Department of Public Order and Safety, and the Quezon City Police District have been tasked to remove and confiscate campaign materials posted especially on electric wires and cables.

The council then asked election candidates to be responsible in hanging their advertisements on designated posting areas as efforts of removal of the illegal banners will be conducted.

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