Members and guests of the CALABARZON Sectoral Committee on Macroeconomy and Development Administration (SCMDA) during its fourth quarter meeting on November 10, 2021 via videoconference.

The CALABARZON Sectoral Committee on Macroeconomy and Development Administration (SCMDA), during its fourth quarter meeting on November 10, 2021, tackled the guidelines on posting of campaign materials on public spaces in anticipation of the upcoming election campaign period.

The CALABARZON Technical Working Group on Traffic Management raised the concern based on observations in the previous elections that campaign materials and paraphernalias obstruct road signages and warning signs which pose higher risk of vehicular accidents.

Atty. Margaret Joyce M. Reyes-Cortez, Acting Assistant Regional Election Director of COMELEC Region IV-A said, “political parties and candidates may only post lawful campaign materials in authorized common poster areas in public spaces and private properties provided that it has the consent of the owner”. She also emphasized common poster areas in public spaces are determined by the COMELEC Field Offices. the list and campaign materials considered lawful are also provided to the candidates through official communications and information drives.

She also added that COMELEC has created a Local Task Forces in every local government unit composed by the Election Officer, PNP Station Commander and a representative from the DPWH. The Task Force leads in tearing down and removing of campaign propaganda materials posted in prohibited or outside the common poster areas. It also monitors individuals distributing unlawful election paraphernalia. Candidates with violations are notified to remove the concerned campaign material for a specific period. A complaint can also be filed against candidates with repetitive violations.

Atty. Cortez assured the Committee that their office will exert a more proactive approach to ensure compliance of candidates to election guidelines as to not impede traffic flow and obstruct the road warning signs.

Jennylyn P. Jucutan, NEDA Region IV-A | November 11, 2021