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February 24, 2016

MMDA Donates Two Tons of Campaign Tarps to Education Advocacy Group

     The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) today donated anew confiscated hundreds of campaign materials, made up of tarpaulins, to a Church-based non-government organization (NGO) providing educational needs of school children in remote parts of the country.
     During a simple ceremony at the MMDA compound in Makati City, MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos turned over two tons of campaign tarpaulins to the Babuyan Islands Missions, a collaboration with priests led by Fr. Joemar Sibug of the Dominican missions of Sto. Domingo Church and other NGOs like the Black Pencil group.
     Carlos said the MMDA is more than willing to donate the campaign materials to benefit the people, especially those who need them most.
     “Primarily these materials will be re-purposed and made into backpacks for the students in remotest areas of the country. Makakatulong sa kanila ito dahil waterproof ito,” Carlos told reporters during an interview shortly before the formal turnover rite.
     He said that the agency originally planned to use the confiscated tarpaulins during times of emergencies and natural disasters.
     “Nagagamit nila itong mga tarpaulin as temporary roofing kapag nilipad ng malakas na hangin yung bubong ng bahay o ng palengke,” Carlos said, noting that the previous MMDA mercy missions in Yolanda-hit areas of the country brought with tarps to be used as temporary shelters for typhoons victims.
     Instead of storing the materials, Carlos said that more people will benefit if the tarpaulins are donated to advocacy groups that would recycle the materials.
     “Marami naman yan at malaki rin ang cost ng we decided na ipamigay na lang para sa ikabubuti ng mga beneficiaries (of NGOs),” the MMDA chief said.
     Mon Corpuz of the Babuyan Island Missions said that aside from the Babuyan Islands, their group will be distributing the backpacks, containing some school supplies, to Southern Palawan and Batanes.
     “We want to give dignity to the students who will be attending school this semester with the backpacks made from the tarps,” Corpuz said.
     Since the first day of the dismantling operation of campaign posters and materials outside the common poster area designated by the Commission on Elections, MMDA’s Sidewalk Clearing Operations Group had taken down around seven tons of campaign materials in several areas of Metro Manila.
     “Pero paunti-unti nawawala na yang mga posters…siguro na realize na rin nila na sayang yung risk ng buhay para mailagay ang mga ‘yan eh matatanggal din naman,” he said.
     Earlier, the MMDA had turned over more than a ton of confiscated campaign tarpaulins to the members of environmental group, Eco-Waste Coalition, which will recycle into bags and other useful items.


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