More than 100 election-related campaign materials installed on trees in Glan, Sarangani Province were removed by environmentalists following the memorandum of DENR Acting Secretary Jim O. Sampulna, CESO I regarding the intensification on the promotion of environmentally conscious national election campaign.
Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) of Glan Dr. Rosalinda B. Cortez said that she instructed Monitoring and Enforcement Section Chief Forester Michael Perales to lead the removal of the illegally posted campaign materials of both local and national electoral candidates along the national highway of barangays Poblacion, Calabanit, Ilaya, Glan Paididu, Tango, and Lago in coordination with the local government unit (LGU) and Commission on Elections (COMELEC) of Glan.
The removal of the said materials was in connection with the Section 21 of COMELEC’s Resolution No. 10730 which prohibits the posting of any campaign materials on trees and other areas that are not designated as “Common Poster Area” and Section 3 of Republic Act No. 3571 which forbids the cutting, destroying or injuring of planted or growing trees along public roads, plazas, parks, or in any other public areas.
All the removed campaign materials will be turned over to COMELEC Glan for proper disposition.
DENR also urged the public to strictly comply with the election campaign laws, rules and regulations provided to promote a zero-waste election system. | (With report and photos from JCDumanon, CENRO Glan IO Designate)