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    Use of non-toxic poll materials in Phl sought

    AS the 2016 presidential polls draw near, Philippine lawmakers are proposing the strict use of biodegradable and non-hazardous election propaganda materials to protect the people from the curse of nature.
    "No less than the 1987 Constitution mandates the State to protect and advance the right of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature," Reps. Ibarra Gutierrez III and Walden Bello stressed.
    House Bill 3057, to be known as the "Biodegradable and Non-Hazardous Election Propaganda Materials Act of 2014," seeks to amend R.A. No. 9006 or the "Fair Elections Act" or the "Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines."
    The lawmakers pointed out that a person living in Metro Manila, on the average, generates about half a kilo of solid waste a day, translating to almost 1.95 million metric tons of solid waste per year.
    This number would dramatically increase during election campaign periods, when candidates for elective positions go into intensive information drives by distributing pamphlets, leaflets, cards, decals, stickers, letters, posters, streamers, and other election propaganda materials.
    "As the amount of solid wastes continues to increase, so does environment degradation," Gutierrez said.
    They noted that one of the laws passed to implement the aforementioned constitutional mandate on environment protection is R.A. 9003 or the "Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000."
    R.A. 9003 mandates the adoption of a systematic, comprehensive and ecological solid waste management/program which shall, among others, utilize environmentally-sound methods that maximize the utilization of valuable resources and encourage resource conversion and recovery, and set guidelines and targets for solid waste avoidance and volume reduction through source reduction and waste minimization measures.
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