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Fernando issues own version of ‘anti-epal’ EO in Bulacan
By: PPAO
Thursday, 01 August 2019
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‘ANTI-EPAL’ EO. Bulacan Gov. Daniel R. Fernando (center) shows the draft of the Executive Order No. 002-2019 that orders the removal of all tarpaulins within the province that are deemed dilapidated, outdated, unmaintained and is found on thoroughfares, vacant lots and other public parks or spaces including those mounted on posts and trees, hence his own version of ‘anti-epal’ law during the Stakeholders’ Assembly on the Guidelines Re: Posting of Tarpaulins, Advertising Materials within The Province of Bulacan held at Max’s Restaurant, City of Malolos, Bulacan, Tuesday afternoon. Also in the photo are (L-R) Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Gabriel Silvera, Provincial Engineer Glenn Reyes, Bulacan Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Emelita Lingat and Bulacan Environment and Natural Resources Office Head Elizabeth Apresto. View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS- Bulacan Governor Daniel R. Fernando recently ordered the removal of tarpaulins all over the province that are deemed dilapidated, outdated, unmaintained and are found on thoroughfares, vacant lots and other public parks or spaces including those mounted on posts and trees as stated in Executive Order No. 002-2019, hence his own version of ‘anti-epal’ law.

The order was decided to police tarpaulins that have been posted throughout the province without consideration for their proper placement and schedule of removal thereby accumulating to such an extent that they have become eyesores and additional wastes that is a burden to the LGUs concerned.

Fernando also stated in the EO that all should limit the posting of promotional materials to support the cleanliness drive as part of the clean and resilient environment agenda of the province.
“Kahit mga mukha namin ni Vice Gov. Alvarado pinatatanggal natin dahil ang totoo dapat tayong lahat concerned dito,” Fernando said.

In line with this, he released the EO No. 005-2019 establishing the guidelines for posting of signages, tarpaulins, and other forms of advertisement and/or announcements within the province and led the removal of their tarpaulins pinned on posts in Bocaue on Tuesday.

The governor said that these EOs are strict implementation of the previous provincial ordinances Nos. 02-2012, 006-2002, and 001-1996 or the Provincial Administrative Code of Bulacan that also includes not only the period of when these will be posted, but also penalties of not less than P1,000 but not exceeding P5,000 or imprisonment or both.

Fernando said that all collected fines will be distributed to the barangay, municipal and provincial government.

“Lahat ng ito ay muling dumadaan sa ebalwasyon pero kung ang offense ay sa provincial o national road, 100% ng fines mapupunta sa PGB, ‘pag sa municipal road, 40% sa probinsiya 60% sa munisipyo at kung barangay road 35% sa probinsiya at 65% sa local fund ng Sangguniang Barangay,” he shared.
He added that the EOs are in accordance with Republic Act No. 7160 that pertains to the enforcement of pollution control laws vital on protection of the environment and natural resources.

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