Environment group to candidates: Clean up

AN ENVIRONMENTAL group on Tuesday, May 14, reminded local candidates to properly remove and segregate their election campaign materials.

Interface Development Interventions (Idis) policy advocacy officer Rain Catague said candidates who answered their “Green Survey” should fulfill their promises, since they pledged to be a pro-environment legislator.

Idis recently presented their “Green Survey” result during the Blue Vote Electorate Forum at the Ateneo de Davao University, wherein the group surveyed running re-electionist and neophyte councilors on their take on various environmental issues to help the public decide on who to vote during the midterm elections.

“Since nag-positive man sila, nga gusto nila ma-OK ang waste segregation, bantayan namo ‘tong mga candidates na wala pa mi-tanggal sa ilang campaign posters (Since their answers were affirmative regarding waste segregation, we will be monitoring those candidates who haven’t removed their campaign posters),” Catague said on Tuesday.

She said that although those who placed these posters are the candidate’s volunteers, candidates are told to tell their volunteers to properly dispose it.

Catague said while there were some who have started to remove their campaign materials, these were not properly disposed.

“Unta kining mga election posters, if mamahimo, ila kining isurrender nalang sa Cenro (City Environment and Natural Resources Office) para sila nalang mag-segregate (If possible, they would personally surrender it to Cenro so they would segregate it),” she said.

Catague also encourage them to recycle it, especially those use tarpaulin.

She said many are already utilizing it as raw materials for products such as bags and chairs.

Meanwhile, Catague said Idis is also lobbying for a specific area for designated poster area, similar to Japan.

Tuesday morning, Cenro have started early to collect the campaign materials posted around the city.

The agency is calling all candidates to help them in gathering the campaign materials.

Incumbent first district councilor Maria Belen Sunga Acosta posted on her Facebook account photos of her volunteers conducting its “Operation Linis”.


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