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DENR Central Luzon asks poll candidates to be environment-friendly

May 9, 2018 @ 8:08
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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Central Luzon has urged candidates running for the May 14 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to be environment-friendly.

Paquito Moreno Jr., regional director of DENR in Central Luzon, said candidates and their supporters should not post campaign materials on the trees and to avoid the use of plastics.

“We will be vigilant and remove, without hesitation, any campaign materials nailed or stapled to trees,” he said.

The official said the DENR is empowered by the law to take down any material attached to trees in a way that is damaging to the plant.

Moreno said that poll candidates should minimize the use of plastic in the creation of their campaign posters.

Citing a study, he said that it takes over 450 years for plastic to break down while campaign materials usually made of plastic could end up in the oceans or might be ingested by marine species like sea turtles.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Resolution No. 6616 deputized a task force, which includes DENR, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and other agencies, to remove campaign posters found in public places outside designated posting areas.

Comelec Resolution No. 9615, on the other hand, encourages candidates to use recyclable and environment-friendly materials.

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