LAOAG CITY, April 23 (PIA) — The Operation Baklas team swept Ilocos Norte towns yesterday from Pagudpud to Badoc and found fewer campaign materials hanging on trees.
Juan de los Reyes, provincial environment and natural resources officer, however, said the team still found posters hanging on waiting sheds and other spots outside of common poster areas.
“Judging by the volume, posters nailed on trees were down to 99 percent. Our people have learned their lessons,” he said.
It was the first occasion that the government-led Operation Baklas went around the 21 towns including two cities from Pagudpud up North to Badoc down South since the start of the local campaign season.
The team was divided to four groups and was deployed in different corners of the province. Most illegal posters that team tore down were found hanging on waiting sheds while other materials went beyond the allowed maximum size.
The clearing operation was set in time for Earth Day. The group later met at the DENR’s office inside the Paoay Lake National Park compound for a short program.
De los Reyes said the team will conduct two more surprise operations before Election Day on May 13. The team will then conduct Operation Linis on June 1.
Joining the ‘Baklas’ team were the Commission on Elections, Philippine National Police, Department of Public Works and Highways, Philippine Information Agency, Non-government Organizations and the media. (MCA/ CJDG-PIA1, Ilocos Norte)