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Ifugao dads craft ordinance prohibiting wanton posting of printed materials

by Vency D. Bulayungan

Lagawe, Ifugao (20 February) -- In line with the national law prohibiting the wanton posting of printed advertisements for political and commercial purposes in places other than the common poster areas, the Sanguniang Panlalawigan here enacted Provincial Ordinance No.10.

The said ordinance prohibits the wanton posting of printed materials for political and commercial purposes on trees or plants along roads, national highways, thoroughfares and public access facilities.

It stated that it has been observed that during election campaigns, advertisement materials are licentiously placed anywhere even to the point of littering, defacing, destroying the environment and violating Section 90 of the Omnibus Election Code.

Even commercial advertisements have been carelessly posted within the premises of the province causing an eyesore to residents and tourists alike. "This is our way of protecting the environment and to preserve our heritage, thus there is a need to regulate the posting of commercial and political advertisements, the ordinance stated.

The said ordinance is applied to all persons, including candidates in any local and national elections and advertising and marketing representatives of business establishments. They are required to place their campaign materials properly in the designated place as mandated by law and this ordinance.

The ordinance provided penalties wherein any candidate or business representatives found by the monitoring team to have violated this ordinance shall be penalized after verification and investigation as follows: first offense-P1,000 and shall be ordered to remove posted materials not placed properly; second offense-P2,000; third offense P3,000.00.

The implementation of the said ordinance shall be monitored by the law enforcement agencies such as the police, Philippine Army, Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Barangay Tanods. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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