Naga city (PNA) — The environmental office in the province of Camarines Sur is set to launch a clean-up drive this month, noting the proliferation of posters of candidates put up on trees planted along the highways and roads.
Lawyer Arnel P. Rodriguez, provincial environment and natural resources officer (Penro), said all posters hanged or nailed or posted on trees–including candidates’ posters and ads–will have to be gone this month.
Rodriguez said the campaign is in line with the national campaign of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) project “Go for Clean Trash-Free Election 2013.”
“We aim to put an end to the indiscriminate posting of banners and posters on trees along public roads, plazas and other public areas,” he said.
Rodriguez said the posting on trees is prohibited by Presidential Decree 953 which imposes an imprisonment of not less than six months and not more than two years and fine of not less than P500 and not more than P5,000.
But, he said, there is risk in enforcing the law so they have asked the Philippine National Police (PNP) to ensure the safety of DENR enforcers and volunteers.
He said they will enlist volunteers from the academe and civic organizations to make the campaign successful.