Illegal campaign posters removed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) under “Operation Baklas” will be converted into school bags for pupils in remote parts of the country.
The MMDA on Wednesday donated another batch of confiscated tarpaulins and other campaign materials to a Church-based non-government organization (NGO).
During a simple ceremony, MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos turned over two tons of tarpaulins to the Babuyan Islands Missions (BIM).
The BIM is a collaboration with Catholic priests led by Fr. Joemar Sibug of the Dominican missions of Santo Domingo Church and the Black Pencil group and other NGOs.
Mon Corpuz, a BIM volunteer, said they target distributing backpacks to at least 1,500 public school pupils on Babuyan Islands.
Corpuz added that BIM will also be distributing backpacks that contain some school supplies to southern Palawan and Batanes.
“We want to give dignity to the students who will be attending school this semester with backpacks made from the tarpaulins,” he said.
Since the first day of the removal of campaign posters and materials outside common poster areas designated by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), MMDA’s Sidewalk Clearing Operations Group (SCOG) has taken down around seven tons of campaign materials in several areas of Metro Manila.
“Primarily these materials will be re-purposed and made into backpacks for the students in remotest areas of the country. This will be helpful to the students because the backpacks are water-proof,” Carlos told reporters.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO