Five truckloads of campaign materials and leaflets were collected after Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada ordered the clean up Manila’s parks and streets.
More trash is expected since the five truckloads of poll trash were retrieved on the first two days of the clean-up by the Department of Public Services (DPS) and Manila Parks Development Office (MPDO).
“The election is over. Our next task is to clean up the entire city,” Estrada said.
Arsenic Lacson, MPDO chief, said his department’s operation started on Tuesday at Plaza Hugo in Sta. Ana, where they collected two truckloads of campaign trash.
On Wednesday, MPDO personnel cleaned up Plaza Lacson in Sta. Cruz, Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz in Binondo, and Plaza Moriones and Plaza Morga in Tondo.
The MPDO was assigned to cleanup the city’s public parks and monuments, while DPS was tasked to clean up the barangays in coordination with barangay officials.
“We have deployed teams numbering around 60 personnel to collect all campaign materials, even those belonging to other parties, as ordered by Mayor Estrada. We were directed not to leave even a single piece of trash,” Lacson said.
Lacson, however, pointed out that the candidates should also help in the clean-up.
“Win or lose, candidates should be responsible in cleaning up their election mess,” Lacson said.