A day after the midterm elections, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is calling on all local officials and candidates to lead the clean up drive and remove their election campaign materials immediately.
“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 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 adds.
Año says 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.
“Pagtulung-tulungan po natin ang pagtanggal ng mga kalat nitong nakaraang eleksyon. Ito ang ating unang hakbang para ipakita na magkakasama rin tayo sa pangangalaga at pagpapaulad ng ating mga komunidad,” he says.
According to Año, he expects that, just like in previous elections, 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.
“Nakakalungkot na may mga taong sadyang walang pakialam at kahit saan na lang nagtatapon at nag-iiwan ng kanilang basura. Kailan kaya tayo matututo?” he says.
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.”
“Ipakita natin na masinop at may disiplina tayong mga Pilipino. Alisin na natin ang anumang bahid ng katatapos na eleksyon at magsimula tayo ng malinis ang ating kapaligiran at malinis ang ating hangarin sa paglilingkod,” he says.
The DILG Chief says 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 says.
Año says everyone should work together and act fast in cleaning up election trash because these might clog canals and waterways which may later cause flooding.
“Mas magiging malala ang sitwasyon kapag umulan dahil siguradong magdudulot ng baha ang basurang ikinalat natin kaya kumilos na agad tayo,” he says.