Campaign poster garbage down 50% - MMDA

From a report by Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 15 2013 10:04 PM | Updated as of May 16 2013 06:12 AM

MANILA – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) continues its massive cleanup drive following the midterm elections.

MMDA personnel have been busy at work since early Wednesday morning, taking down campaign posters in Manila and Pasay, particularly those posted along FB Harrison.

One by one, they took down the colorful buntings, tarpaulins and posters.

“May tinatawag na electoral pollution. Ang magiging problema lang natin dito ay kung papaano ise-segregate ‘yung mga pwede pang gamitin, lalo na ‘yung tarpaulin,” said MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino.
   
The MMDA said the amount of campaign posters during this election is 50% lower than in the 2010 elections, where the posters they collected, filled up 15 garbage trucks.

The agency explains this could be because of the implementation of a limit on the size of posters and the common poster areas.

There were also fewer tarpaulins this year.
   
“Siguro dahil mahal ang tarpaulins kaya papel nalang, mura-mura,” said Tolentino.

The MMDA reiterates its call to all candidates to be responsible for their own trash, take down their posters and recycle their campaign materials.