A waste and
pollution watchdog asked local candidates for the May 9 polls to ensure that their
proclamation rallies and other campaign activities are garbage-free.
activities after witnessing the unabashed littering at separate rallies held
yesterday in Manila to proclaim the candidacy of re-electionist Mayor Joseph
Estrada and former Mayor Alfredo Lim.
Aileen Lucero, Coordinator, EcoWaste Coalition, a non-partisan group espousing
waste prevention and reduction in the escalating electoral campaign.
grounds. It’s totally unacceptable for
us to litter even in the exercise of our democratic rights. It’s not right even if we know that street
cleaners will pick up after us without complaining,” she pointed out.
campaign sorties. They should use their
moral influence to request their supporters to mind their garbage,” she added.
rally should end with a clean-up led by the candidates themselves,” she
came in droves littered the park with campaign leaflets, cardboard hand fans, plastic
bottles, polystyrene food containers, fast food wrappers, snack packs and fish
over the place,” lamented Lucero.
shirts also littered the place with campaign materials.
it’s still littering and unacceptable just the same. The throwing of yellow confetti towards the
end of the program only added to the mess,” Lucero said.
5Rs towards eco-friendly campaigning:
trash by not littering and not using campaign materials that are barely reused
campaign paraphernalia for reusing or recycling purposes
the trees by keeping them poster-free.
immediately after the polling day.
Environment and Natural Resources and Department of Interior and Local
Government to step up the drive for election trash reduction.
compliance to Republic Act 9003, the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, by
all political parties and party list groups and their candidates and supporters
in the course of the campaign