THE supporters and staff of Pampanga Third District board member-elect Mica Gonzales and San Fernando councilor-elect Brenz Gonzales have removed the campaign materials left behind in public places of the recent May 9 national and local polls.

Both local officials said that they have instructed their personnel to remove their campaign materials like tarpaulins, streamers, and stickers in the City of San Fernando and all the towns of the third district.

Reelected Third District Representative Aurelio Gonzales, Jr. said that it is the responsibility of elected officials, as well as those who did not win in the elections, to remove their campaign paraphernalia.

The removal of the campaign wastes in the third district have been started by the Gonzales family ahead of the advisory of the Commission on Elections and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The elder Gonzales said that they will adhere to the advisory of the DILG on the proper disposal of election propaganda materials in line with environmental laws and local ordinances and regulations against illegal dumping, open burning, and littering.

The DILG earlier warned local officials that improper disposal of materials may have a negative impact on public health — adding that it must be in accordance with Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, which says that “segregation and collection of solid waste shall be conducted at the barangay level specifically for biodegradable, compostable and reusable wastes.”