By Chito Chavez
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) urged all local officials and candidates to remove their election campaign materials immediately now that the mid-term elections have ended.
“Tapos na po ang halalan at nakapili na ang mga mamamayan kung sino sa palagay nila ang karapat-dapat na magsagwan sa kanila tungo sa tunay na pagbabago. (The election has ended and the people have chosen the political bets who will lead them to true change). The immediate task at hand is to call on your supporters to clean up and rid our communities of poll trash,” says DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año.
“Win or lose, show that you are a good sport and that you have the best intentions for your communities by being part of the clean-up drive in your areas,” he added.
Año noted that all barangay captains, mayors, and governors should lead in the clean up together with LGU employees especially the Sanitation Division or Environmental Management Office.
Like in the past years, Año expects that “there will be tons of trash left in the roads and public places leading to and in the polling precincts because of the numerous election campaign posters, sample ballots, flyers, leaflets, tarpaulins that were distributed by the candidates’’.
Last year, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) hauled numerous truckloads of garbage composed of posters, tarpaulins and plastics after the elections in several areas of Metro Manila alone.
Año says cleaning up election trash will not only make our surroundings clean but “will also be an opportunity for our people to gather and work together, turn a new page, and look forward to more good things for our people and for our nation.”
The DILG chief asserted the clean-up efforts in public schools which served as polling precincts should be fast tracked in time for the opening of classes in June.
“We must clean up the schools and adjoining areas to prepare for the opening of classes in June,” he noted.
Año added “everyone should work together and act fast in cleaning up election trash because these might clog canals and waterways which may later cause flooding’’.