The 2010 Philippine National Elections was held last week, May 10, 2010, and currently, resolutions are being made to complete the counting of votes for the top national positions in the country. Here in the Philippines, it’s a very common sight during the campaign period to see thousands of banners, posters, stickers and other campaign materials on the streets and now that it’s been more than a week since the campaign period officially ended, what happened to these materials?
It’s always a question on how these campaign materials will be cleaned up after the elections. There are indeed some candidates who left their posters on the walls especially those who lost. They should have at least had the dignity of putting down their own banners through their campaign officials and volunteers or do it themselves.
This year, we probably saw the worst case of campaign material proliferation. You can see them everywhere from lamp posts, walls of houses and some are even hung on high tension wires. It even looks like there’s a fiesta going on. Just take a look at the picture I provided and that’s not even near the worst case I’ve seen. In some areas, you won’t even recognize the place because they’re covered with banners. But we’re glad that some took initiative in cleaning those up.
First and foremost, I’ve seen local officials helping out the locals in cleaning these materials themselves. I even saw one mayor-elect removing the sticky posters in an area within his city. The others took down the banners on electric posts themselves and threw them away.
Some candidates helped in cleaning right after Election Day without waiting for the results. In Manila, I saw in 24 Oras (Philippine News program on channel 7) volunteers from the Philippine Air Force helped remove posters and banners on a major road. Well, it’s understandable as the posters that were placed on walls were put up using quite strong adhesives and could be quite a burden to totally remove.
Another good example is what MMDA (Metro Manila Development Authority) is currently doing. Instead of throwing the leftovers from the campaign period, they keep them for recycling. They use the bamboos for useful purposes such as tilts for plants for environmental projects.
As I went outside today from home to work and vice versa, it does seem much cleaner without the campaign materials. Thanks to the efforts of some local officials and other volunteers, the city looks nice once again. Oh yeah, we’ve been to the province lately and there are still some municipalities where these posters are still up. We hope they’d clean it up real soon.