The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday told the public to report campaign materials that remained on display more than a week after the May 9 election day.

In a “Laging Handa” briefing, Interior Undersecretary Epimaco Densing said the DILG would immediately act on the reports it would receive.

“Kung ang ating mga kababayan [ay makita na] mayroon pang area na hindi pa po natatanggal ng inyong lokal na gobyerno itong mga campaign materials, pakisabi na lang po at papupuntahan namin kaagad,” he said.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año earlier issued a statement directing local government units and candidates to clean up all campaign materials by May 15.

“Clean-up of election litter is the first order of business after the polls. Aside from incumbent LGU officials, we urge all candidates, winners and non-winners alike, to take it upon themselves to lead in the removal of their campaign materials,” Año said.

“Hinihimok din po natin ang ating mga kababayan na makiisa sa clean up drive ng kanilang LGUs at barangay. We have done our part in exercising our right to vote. Let’s continue to participate in governance through our simple ways of cleaning up our neighborhood from election litter,” he added.

In the 2019 midterm elections, more than 168.84 tons of campaign materials were collected, according to the DILG chief. John Ezekiel J. Hirro