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DENR 2 to tear down illegally posted campaign materials

by Thelma C. Bicarme

Tuguegarao City (24 March) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 2 will spearhead a region wide simultaneous removal of campaign materials and commercial advertisements nailed, stapled and tied on trees on March 25, 2010 at exactly 7:30 in the morning.

DENR Regional Executive Director Benjamin T. Tumaliuan said the activity which is aimed at creating awareness on the importance of sparing the trees from injuries, is a joint undertaking of the DENR, Commission on Elections (COMELEC), Philippine National Police (PNP), and the members of the media.

Pursuant to COMELEC resolution 6616, the DENR is deputized to remove campaign propaganda materials in public places outside the common poster areas.

To effectively implement its mandate, the DENR has enlisted the participation of the print and broadcast media in the region for the dissemination of information relative to the prohibition of posting election materials and advertisements in growing trees and flowering plants along public roads, plazas, parks, school premises or in any public grounds.

Earlier, the DENR has appealed to political candidates, campaign managers and their supporters to spare the trees from their poll materials because they could face charges if found guilty of this.

Likewise, the candidates were reminded to stop sticking campaign posters and other propaganda materials on electric posts, streetlights and other properties which are not assigned as poster areas.

The DENR warned that the campaign materials posted on trees and in public places outside common poster areas will be removed without prior notice and regardless of who the owners are.

Under Republic Act 3571 and Comelec Resolution 6616, destroying or injuring of planted or growing trees along public roads, plazas, parks, school premises or in any public ground is prohibited.

Any person who is found violating this law will be punished by prison correctional in its minimum period to prison mayor in its minimum period. (PIA 2) [top]

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