Issue of May 19, 2019
Mt. Province

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Candidates take down, donate campaign tarps for upcycling
by Rimaliza A. Opiña

Campaign posters and tarpaulins used by candidates in the recently concluded elections will not end up in the dumps or indiscriminately disposed.

As a practice in the localities, political parties and individual candidates started taking down posters and tarpaulins on the last day of the campaign last Saturday.

Candidate for councilor Ryan Mangusan has taken down his posters in public places and called on owners of houses where the posters are located to take them down and return the same to him or they may recycle these.

In his Facebook post, Mangusan is also donating his posters to those who may have other uses for the tarpaulin. 

For former mayor Reinaldo Bautista Jr., rather than recycle, the foundation ran by his family will upcycle the tarps.

Upcycling is transforming by-products, waste materials, and useless or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality.

Commissioned by the Fernando and Rosa Bautista Foundation, the beneficiaries of the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation will make bags and other products out of the tarpaulins and sell these for a minimal fee.

“We want to contribute to their livelihood and not to add garbage,” Bautista said.

Councilor-elect Betty Lourdes Tabanda also appealed to fellow candidates not to dispose the tarps as these can be donated to women’s organizations in the barangays who can make different products from discarded tarps.

Discarded campaign tarpaulins can be made into bags, slipper or shoe organizers, seat covers or as tents for disaster evacuees.

Tarpaulins can also be used as canopies for homes and stores, or as awnings for tricycles and jeepneys, according to the EcoWaste Coalition.

Shortly after the proclamation of winners at the local level, the Department of the Interior and Local Government called on all local officials, all the way down to the punong barangays to work together and remove campaign posters.

“The immediate task at hand is to call on your supporters to clean up and rid our communities of poll trash,” said DILG Sec. Eduardo M. Año said in a press release uploaded in the agency’s website.

He said those who won or lost should both participate in the cleanup.

Año also said cleanup should focus in public schools which served as polling precincts. “We must clean up the schools and adjoining areas to prepare for the opening of classes in June.”

The Brigada Eskwela, the annual school cleanup drive of the Department of Education begins next week.

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