DPWH Region 4 chief on drive vs illegal posters: ‘We can’t do it alone’

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MANILA, Philippines – Easier said than done.

The head of the Department of Public Works and Highways-Southern Tagalog office was referring to the enforcement of the Commission on Elections Resolution No. 9858, which deputized the DPWH to assist the poll body in “removing all unlawful election materials nationwide.”

DPWH Region 4 director Huilio Belleza on Sunday said “our field personnel can’t do it alone.”

Asked why, he warned: “It’s not that easy. Baka mapatay ang mga tao namin ng mga pulitiko o ng mga tauhan nila. (Politicians or their supporters might kill our men.)You can never tell.”

Citing “feedback from DPWH field personnel,” Belleza disclosed “if you tear down today campaign materials posted in areas not designated by Comelec, similar materials would appear in the same areas the following day.”

He called for “joint operations by Comelec, DPWH and Philippine National Police teams in enforcing the Comelec resolution.”

“Last Tuesday, we met with (DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson) about the problem. Next Tuesday, we’re meeting with DPWH personnel in our respective areas of jurisdiction to discuss our game plan,” Belleza told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

When interviewed, the DPWH official pointed out that “campaign materials belonging to both administration and opposition candidates

were observed to be posted in non-Comelec designated areas not only in Region 4 but also in other regions nationwide.”

In Batangas City alone, the propaganda materials include those endorsing the candidacy of mayoral bet Eduardo Dimacuha; actor and Liberal Party congressional candidate Christopher de Leon and his rival Ranie Abu; and the partylist AVE, among others.

Late last month, the DPWH said it would tear down all illegally placed poll materials throughout the country.

In a memo, Singson also ordered the banning and removal of election propaganda materials, especially those posted on road and bridge railings, road signage, bridge approaches and other public structures.

He later issued a handwritten directive reminding DPWH officials to “strictly enforce the Comelec ban.”

“These materials pose danger to motorists because the road safety signages are peppered with propaganda materials. Oftentimes, the traffic directional signs cannot be read legibly by motorists,” he said.

The DPWH campaign is the agency’s “way of supporting the anti-epal campaign, or the citizens’ call to politicians not to use public structures as accessory resources to drumbeat their election bids,” Singson added.

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  • Dancing Bear

    No I believe the DPWH doesn’t have the ability to do this job. It doesn’t make money. There are no kickbacks this. Have the job contracted out, there will be plenty of motivation.

    • Loggnat

      Good idea! Imagine how many jobs even if only temporary will that idea create. Contractor crews who will do the job should be provided with police security and proper documents and vehicle signs indicating and proving that they are working for the COMELEC or DPWH to remove those illegal election signs.

  • JasonBieber

    There is no such thing as illegal posters when it comes to Team PNoy. Their candidates from news reports coming from the Comelec has the most violations and notifications of illegal posters but still even after more than one notification the illegal posters remain up. It makes you wonder what the point of having rules during the elections.

  • kismaytami

    Region 4 ba ikamo? Aba’y walang tatalo sa mga kosa ni abnoy sa LP sa Imus, Cavite. Takot lang ng DPWH na kalusin sila ng mga LP (lokong politiko) kapag tinanggal nila ang mga nakasabit sa kuryente na mga poster sa kahabaan ng Aguinaldo Highway.

  • speedstream2

    There’s a lot of difference with not wanting to do a job and being unable to do the job. Isn’t it said that if there’s a will, there’s a way? And isn’t there such a thing as best efforts in the face of overwhelming odds? C’mon, guys, if we all took the easy way out, we might was well raise the white flag and go home.

    • Dancing Bear

      Have you ever felt depressed when you go into a place? That’s what happens whenever I visit certain government agencies. I’ve never gone to any government office where I would thank them for doing their job quick and right. It’s always quick and right because I paid for something to happen.

  • Komen To

    Sad to say Philippines is becoming a country of late heroes, like late cops in a crime movie, late action after the suicide of UP student, late intervention on Sultan Sabah crisis. If COMELEC deputizes PNP and barangay patrols to catch and detain all those who are illegally hanging political ads, you will have less posters to remove. Why depend on DPWH which has no manpower to even fix our streets. Didn’t you know that DPWH hires contractors to do their jobs?

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