Post-poll cleanup over at the end of May – City Hall

5/14/2010 - THE removal by Department of Public Services (DPS) personnel of campaign materials posted around Cebu City is in full swing.

City Hall environmental sanitary division chief Randy Navarro said that two days after the elections, they had collected and disposed of 30 percent of the campaign materials posted around the city.

They aim to complete the cleanup campaign by the end of the month.

Navarro said that at 5 p.m. last May 11, a day after the elections, all DPS administration and staff met outside the DPS office and began removing campaign posters, banners and streamers in the city for over two hours.

Some 50 bamboo ladders were used in taking out posters located on the high portions of lamp-posts and walls.

Three tankers supplied water to empty drums in every public school.

Posters on walls were splashed with water to make them easier to remove.

Two hundred metro aides cleaned areas of the city in shifts.

“They removed the posters later in the afternoon after they have swept the roads because it was too hot if they did it earlier,” Navarro said.

Navarro also said that they prioritize removing posters on walls of schools that served as voting precincts, where most of the campaign materials were pasted.

Navarro also said the DPS wrote to all the barangay captains a week before the elections and asked them to help in the clean up drive specially in conducting a “kuskos (scouring)” operation of all political posters that were on the streetposts, walls and public buildings.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has begun simultaneous post-election campaign cleanup nationwide.

Chief Supt. Lani-O Nerez, police director for Central Visayas, led more than 200 men in removing campaign posters.

Nerez said they were following a directive from Camp Crame that arrived yesterday morning.

Nerez deployed augmentation forces from the Regional Mobile Group for the cleanup drive, before they would be allowed to go back to their mother units.

They were asked to bring tools like hammers for the cleanup and worked yesterday afternoon along Cebu City’s Escario, R. Landon and Jakosalem streets as well as Osmeña Boulevard.

Volunteers from the Commission Elections and the military helped them remove the posters.

Water from Cebu City Fire Department firetrucks were used to hose the posters for easier removal.

Nerez called on all candidates to hire people to remove the posters just as they paid individuals to fix them.

He said city and provincial police will be joining the cleanup drive in a couple of days. (CebuDailyNews)

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