As the election period steadily approaches, campaign materials such as flyers, posters, tarpaulins and billboards are being rampantly displayed in conspicuous places to attract engagements and to reach a wide array of people for vote. Meanwhile, it was observed that most of the election materials have been posted on trees which is clearly prohibited under the law.
In line with DENR Acting Secretary Jim O. Sampulna directives regarding operation baklas, DENR PENRO Cavite, in close coordination with Local Government Units of Cavite, spearheaded several operation baklas initiatives in the province of Cavite.
Operation baklas poster started March 08, 2022 during the clean-up activity in Ternate and also being undertaken during the conduct of patrolling and monitoring activities. Further, intensified Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) campaigns are being conducted to equip the local communities and even the barangay officials with the right information regarding this specific concern.
DENR reiterates that posting and pinning of election campaign materials on trees is prohibited under the various legal policies and provisions:
Republic Act No. 3571 “An Act to Prohibit the Cutting, Destroying or Injuring of Planted or Growing Trees, Flowering Plants and Shrubs or Plants of Scenic Value Along Public Roads, in Plazas, School Premises or in Any Other Public Pleasure Ground”;
Presidential Decree No. 953 “Requiring the Planting of Trees in Certain Places and Penalizing Unauthorized Cutting, Destruction, Damaging and Injuring of Certain Trees, Plants and Vegetation”; and
COMELEC Resolution No. 10730, Section 21 (Common Poster Areas), Letter B. “Fair Elections Act”