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Posted on: April 30, 2010

Before the last day of our final exams, I planned  helping out the Barangay for the elections. But since my stomach illness got in the way, it never materialized. And when I went there, it was like a fiesta, with a barrage of posters and banderitas hanging from post to post. If we wonder how much the candidates spent in putting up those posters, probably we should also look at how much we are going to spend to properly dispose of these political paraphernalia.

It has always been a one-sided analysis regarding the cost of Philippine elections–how much did the candidates spend? But we should also look at the other side of the coin. The posters are not made of biodegradable materials, and sure they would only pile up in the dumping areas. Some are even made of plastic like the tarpaulins. Sure, they may be used as trapals for barong-barongs or for tricycads or pedicabs, but still, most of them end up in the dumping site.

And with a garbage facility like ours, where we can’t even segregate biodegradable from non-biodegradable, these paraphernalia certainly accumulate without a method for waste disposal. I really wonder where they go after their candidates lose (or win). If they burn them, the gases would destroy the ozone layer; if they throw them in the dumpsite, they wouldn’t rot and instead further contaminate the already contaminated soil which would find its way to the deep well water sources of nearby subdivisions.

I don’t know if this has been studied by our institutions, but I think it’s one of the things we should also focus on. It’s also an issue which isn’t highlighted as much as the automations and the hefty spending of the candidates. Posters are continually being printed–but at what cost against Mother Earth?


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