With the recent national and local election period many campaign materials were hanged, distributed and pasted on the different areas in the community, thus, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 6 advised the candidates of the recent national and local election to clear up their campaign materials.

“This is not just to remind the candidates but also to urge them to clear their campaign materials and properly dispose it in accordance with the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act on RA 9003,” Regional Director Livino B. Duran said.

“Those campaign materials are mostly made of plastics and it can be recycled. There are many ways to recycle and made it into something useful after all it will lessen the plastics in our garbage at the same time will add some creativity in your community”, he added.

On his message DENR Secretary Jim O Sampulna said that “win or lose, these candidates must consider the long-term consequences of their campaign materials in the environment. Candidates could show how sincere they are in serving the country this way”.

Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 declares the policy of the state in adopting a systematic, comprehensive and ecological solid waste management program that ensures the protection of public health and the environment and the other proper segregation, collection, transport, storage, treatment and disposal of solid waste through the formulation and adoption of best environmental practices.

RA 9003 is among the 10 priority program of the Department being given emphasis for every Pilipino citizen to observe and practice./DENR 6