The campaign period for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections begins on the 19th – that’s Friday. And all during this week, we will be focusing on teaching candidates what they can and cannot do during that time.
Personally, I’m pretty concerned about the garbage that this campaign period will generate.
Over the years, political campaigns have left our sidewalks looking like mini-landfills filled to overflowing. Its a good thing the MMDA is able to pretty much keep on top of things, but it’s the wrong kind of thinking that convinces us that it’s okay to trash our streets because someone’s gonna come along eventually to clean things up.Remember, the landfill problem in Rizal isn’t over yet, despite over-eager reports saying otherwise. And while the landfills remain closed, our junk stays with us. Bad as things are now, you can just imagine how much worse it’ll be when barangay and SK candidates starts pumping out their fliers and start feeding their supporters out of styrofoam lunch packs and plastic water bottles.
There are 41,995 barangays all over the country. There will be 16 elective positions up for grabs, with each elective position attracting at least one candidate – most will be fought over by two or more. If each candidate – assuming each position will have two contenders (unlikely as some have as many as 5 or 6), and that each contender has 20 campaign workers (barangays have a minimum of 2 thousand inhabitants, and each candidate is allowed 1 campaign worker for every hundred) working for 9 days (campaign runs from the 19th to the 27th), and eating 3 squares out of one styro pack and one plastic bottle, by the 28th of October we will have 6,531,062,400 styro packs and 6,531,062,400 plastic water bottles to dispose of, all over the country. And that’s not even counting the candy wrappers and the plastic baggies (and drinking straws) used to sell soda in, and the torn up plastic packs of various junk food.
How’s that for an ecological footprint?
These candidates really need to be educated on how adding to the country’s garbage problem isn’t really the best way to start a career in public service. But more importantly, voters need to realize that concern for the environment is just as important a criteria as a candidate’s ability to bring dancing girls and actors over for the community’s entertainment.