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Politicians urged not to burn used materials

An environmental group appealed to candidates to properly dispose campaign materials without resorting to burning.

“The priority now is to clean all campaign materials scattered everywhere even to the remotest area in the country. We expect that these will be disposed appropriately dili lang pang sunogon (and not to burn them),” Interface Development Interventions (IDIS) Managing Trustee Ann Fuertes told TIMES yesterday.

Fuertes said they have already seen a few supporters of the candidates who started cleaning and collecting campaign materials a day after the elections.

She is hoping that the clean-up would only last for a week.

In the past elections, she said, there were campaign materials that were never torn down and were eventually replaced by new ones.

The Commission on Elections also reminded all candidates, winners or losers, to clean up their own campaign materials.

“It should be them. They have to clean up (their campaign materials). We will notify them so that they’re going to remove these election paraphernalia,” City Comelec officer Krisna Caballero said on Monday.

Last May 7, the council approved a resolution “urging all local and national candidates to conduct clean-up operations after the May 13, 2019 Midterm Election.”

It is in consonance with City Ordinance No. 0371-10 or the Davao City Ecological Solid Waste Management Ordinance of 2009.

For the winning candidates, Fuertes reminds them “to serve the people and whenever they make a decision, it will always be for the good of the people and for the environment.”

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