Metropolitan Manila Development Authority group collects 23.42 tons of poll-related materials

May 15, 2019

THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) collected at least 21.700 pieces of election-related materials in the metropolis a day after the May 13 midterm election.

MMDA’s Metro Parkway Clearing Group (MPCG) said collected campaign materials of varying sizes are equivalent to 23.42 tons and filled up seven dump trucks.

With the use of scraper and sprayer, clearing operation teams scratched election materials pasted on concrete walls and fences in major thoroughfares.

Using man lifters, workers also took down tarpaulins, buntings and posters hanging on electrical posts, wirings and trees while street sweepers removed leaflets, sample ballots, flyers in the vicinity of public schools.

“We target to rid the major roads in the metro of campaign materials and spruce up public schools until this week so the public can prepare for the opening of classes next month early,” said MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim.

Meanwhile, Francis Martinez, MPCG chief, said they confiscated 134,700 pieces, equivalent to 145 tons, of election-related materials in various areas in Metro Manila under the “Oplan Baklas” operation before the elections.

The “Oplan Baklas” campaign started on March 1 until election day wherein campaign materials placed outside the designated areas of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) were removed.

Martinez said this year’s collection is lower compared to the 2016 national elections where campaign materials gathered reached 206 tons. Cities of Manila, Quezon, Parañaque and Makati produced the most number of campaign materials.