By Jel Santos
Over 30 tons of campaign materials were collected by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) from May 15 to 16 as the agency continues its clearing operation in the metropolis.
The agency aims to rid major thoroughfares in Metro Manila of election-related materials until this week.
MMDA Metro Parkways Clearing Group (MPCG) said they were able to collect a total of 200.37 tons or 29 truckloads of campaign materials from March 1 to May 16.
Recently, MPCG head Francis Martinez reported that they got 168.84 tons from March 1 to May 14.
Danilo Lim, MMDA chairman, said the campaign materials will not be thrown away at landfills but will be converted into bags, place mats, baskets, school supplies, and other useful items.
He said that environmental groups who want to recycle the campaign materials may coordinate with the agency.
The MMDA MPCG deployed over 100 personnel to remove campaign materials all over the metropolis.
The collected campaign materials were tarpaulins, buntings, posters, wirings, leaflets, sample ballots, and flyers.
MMDA said the campaign materials were stored at the flyovers in Santolan and Nagtahan for sorting and recycling.