THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) directed all public works field personnel to desist from taking part in any partisan political activities, following reports that some DPWH workers were allegedly seen installing campaign posters of administration senatorial bet Bong Go in Nueva Ecija.
However, Public Works Assistant Secretary Eugenio Pipo denied the allegations, saying the DPWH field workers were removing the campaign materials which were in violation of the campaign rules and on orders of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
The alleged report prompted Public Works Secretary Mark Villar to issue an order to all DPWH field officers and personnel to refrain from taking part in partisan political activities pointing to existing laws prohibiting government employees from joining any political activity, including campaigning.
Villar said any DPWH official or employee found engaging in any political activity will face administrative charges.
In a report submitted by DPWH maintenance section chief Celso Castillo to Secretary Villar, the persons photographed by netizens which circulated in social media were not installing election paraphernalia, but were in fact removing the tarpaulins in compliance with Department Memorandum Circular No. 05, Series of 2019, dated January 14, 2019; and Section 3.5 of COMELEC Resolution No. 10471 promulgated on December 18, 2018.
The DPWH official said that the DPWH, along with the MMDA were assisting the Comelec in removing and tearing down all unlawful election materials.
Last week, the Comelec, with the support of the DPWH and MMDA, started to tear down political materials in Metro Manila and suburbs that are not allowed under the Omnibus Election Code.