Election garbage cleanup extra expense for MMDA

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THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is spending extra money to clean the litter left by politicians after the May 13 elections.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said instead of the government spending public money to clean up the election trash, candidates and political parties should be the ones removing tons of garbage and campaign materials littering polling centers.

He did not give details as to how much was spent by the agency in the cleanup.

Tolentino personally led the cleanup along F. B. Harrison in Pasay City.

Truckloads of campaign materials such as posters and tarpaulins that were left in the streets and polling precincts by the candidates were removed by at least 30 members of the MMDA’s Metro Parkway Clearing Group (MPCG).

“We don’t know how long our cleanup will take so we’re asking the local government units to give us a helping hand,” Tolentino said.

During the 2010 elections, the MMDA collected 15 truckloads of waste, mostly composed of election garbage such as posters, tarpaulins, sample ballots, and food containers.

(RITCHIE A. HORARIO)

 

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