MANILA, Philippines - Environment Secretary Ramon Paje on Wednesday called on candidates to be mindful of the environment and avoid using non-biodegradable materials for their campaign paraphernalia.
“We are calling on all well-meaning candidates to be mindful of the environment when they hit the election campaign trail. They should put waste avoidance and reduction at the heart of their strategy to win in order to minimize trash and its impact on the environment and humans,” Paje said.
He pleaded to candidates and their supporters to avoid "nailing" election paraphernalia on trees and asked them to avoid spoiling the environment with campaign trash.
“We have seen death and damages wrought by typhoons in various parts of the country. It is about time candidates vying for national and local posts to think about the environment and consider the impacts of environmental degradation,” he said.