MANILA, Philippines - Environment Secretary Ramon Paje warned candidates of their campaign trash, including nailing their paraphernalia on trees.
“We have seen death and damages wrought by typhoons in various parts of the country. It is about time candidates vying for national and local posts to think about the environment and consider the impacts of environmental degradation,” he said.
Paje is already anticipating a “deadly avalanche” of trash arising from the campaign materials of candidates.
“Let us change the face of Philippine politics with clean elections defined not only by an intelligent electorate, but a trash-free one as well,” he said.
He said candidates could even use waste reduction as their slogans. He also asked candidates to instruct their supporters not to leave trash in campaign sorties and remove campaign posters and banners after the polls.
He urged the politicians to use campaign paraphernalia from locally-sourced and biodegradable materials.
He also reiterated a long-standing appeal to spare the trees of campaign materials.
“Trees are also living creatures; they could get hurt or sick from infection. Worse, they could die if left untreated for a long time,” he said.
“Let us look at the next three months as an opportunity to build on the gains our local governments have made in implementing Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act,” Paje said.